Armbinder last night says it pretty well:

Forget the horse race numbers for a moment: if the surveys are accurate, the polarization within the Democratic Party has reached critical levels. Nearly six in ten Obama supporters in Indiana say they would be dissatisfied if Clinton were the nominee — that’s (I believe) the high percentage of Obama supporters who have ever said that.

In both IN and NC, two thirds of Clinton supporters say they’d be dissatisfied if Obama were the nominee — I believe that’s the highest number recorded for that question, too.

The percentage of Clinton voters who say they’d choose McCain over Obama in a general election is approaching 40% in Indiana. Put it another way: in North Carolina, less than HALF of folks who voted today for Hillary Clinton are ready to say today that they’d definitely vote for Obama in a general election.

That’s the real result of the Democrat primary; John McCain won last night.

Longtime readers will know that I find that point ironic, given he’s more a Democrat than anyone who has run under GOP colors for some time, including George W. Bush, which is saying something. It’s a sad commentary on the state of things, when McCain is the best choice, but there it is; The best reason to vote for John McCain is… the Democrat contenders. These exit polls Armbinder cites suggest even rank and file Democrats are beginning to figure this out.


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