Divided They Fall

If Hillary's supporters refuse to vote for Obama, her agenda will fade. And a united GOP just might win

Callie Shell / Aurora / for TIME

United States Senator and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama talks with U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton aboard his campaign plane.

Consider the Republican Party. Many Republicans dislike John McCain with a passion that has lasted for years. Asked to explain, they refer to the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform law (which they thought, incorrectly as it turns out, would bite Republicans more than Democrats), or his opposition (since rescinded) to the Bush tax cuts, or what they regard as his tiresome and preening routine as a maverick. They resent his mutual love affair with the press (which he jokingly refers to as "my base"). They remember a lot of foolish talk a while back about how McCain might switch parties and become a Democrat....

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