So, I was listening to KQED's Forum
this morning as I drove to work to hear what they had to say about the various election results.
One thing that I found reassuring/interesting is that this phenomenon of Clinton voters declaring in primary exit polls that they would sooner vote for McCain than for Obama is neither historically unusual nor all that predictive of what will really happen in November. In '92, Democratic primary voters who voted for Tsongas declared in exit polls that they wouldn't vote for Clinton in the general election. In 2000, Republican primary voters who didn't vote for George Bush declared that they wouldn't vote for him in the general election. Nearly all of these people did come back to the party fold for the general election.
So, not that I think the Obama campaign should be complacent, but I think if he takes reasonable steps to address the Clinton supporters' concerns, we won't necessarily be looking at a mass defection of Democratic voters to McCain.
Of course, someone did call into the program minutes later, and say that because of the "disrespectful treatment of Senator Clinton" by the Obama campaign, she felt she had no choice, as a "lifelong Democrat", but to vote for McCain. (Because Republicans have always been scrupulously respectful of Senator Clinton?)
NPR really ought to broadcast warnings: Some statements in the following program may cause cranial implosion. Please exercise caution if you are operating a motor vehicle while listening.
Fortunately, the guests on the show are used to this sort of thing, and were able to say, "My, your alternate universe sounds like a fascinating place!" far more tactfully than I'd have done.