FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
As a wise man once said, "it's getting ugly out there."
The Democratic primary race, which began as a rational discussion of the issues, has degenerated into a nasty and personal battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
These kinds of fights leave scar tissue that can be tough to get rid of. And if the Democrats can't figure out how to patch things up in time for November, George Bush can just drop the White House keys in John McCain's mailbox. One Democratic pollster describes how the Democrats might "take what is a golden year and turn it into dust."
So far, no sign of a cease fire. Just yesterday, the Clinton campaign suggested Pennsylvania will show that "Hillary is ready to win and that Obama really can't win the general election." Obama's campaign said these comments were "divorced from reality”, ignoring both polls and the delegate math.
And, much of the week was consumed with that bitter fight over race due to Geraldine Ferraro's comments, which ultimately ended with her stepping down from Clinton's finance committee.
Clinton's camp points out that Obama people have called her "a monster" and "the most secretive politician in America."
One side is going to lose, and they won't be happy. What if Clinton's supporters don't turn out for Obama in November? Or vice-versa?
Here’s my question to you: How can the Democrats heal the wounds of an ugly primary battle before the general election?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Bob from Richmond, Virginia writes:
Jack, I think things can be turned around with 2 actions:
1. Barack's and Hillary's camps need to stop going after each other and focus on McCain. There is plenty there to attack.
2. Hillary's camp needs to stop suggesting every conceivable way to bend the rules to their advantage. Most people see this for what this is, and will not be able to support her if she somehow gets the nomination through illegitimate means.
Kelly from Atlanta writes:
Any hope that was left for healing was dashed when Hillary said John McCain will be a better commander-in-chief than Obama. If Obama loses the nomination, I don't think the majority of his supporters will ever go back to politics let alone vote for Hillary.
They cannot heal the wounds by November. I am a Hillary supporter and I will not vote for Obama, even if he gets the nomination. She is by far the better candidate and his mantra of change will never translate into becoming a viable president.
Mike from Arizona writes:
Jack, There's only one way the wounds will heal and that's if the media agrees to stop scraping the scab off. Do you think that is likely to happen?
Ted from Portland, Oregon writes:
Hillary is the single most divisive element of the current Democratic Party Crumbling Syndrome (DPCS). She needs to begin working on taking over the Senate Majority Leader spot and realize that the Obama/Edwards, Obama/Dodd, or Obama/Richardson teams along with her heading the Senate will reunite the party as never before. She says she is a fighter. What better place to get things done than the leader of the Senate, working with the President.
Jen from Pennsylvania writes:
The longer this goes on, the less likely it is. Instead of digging up dirt against the opposition, the Democrats are slinging it at each other. If you ask those in the blogosphere, it's already over. Or, as I have seen it put, "Humpty Dumpty will never be put back together again."