This certainly is the question that most of the big bananas of the Democratic Party are discussing. In fact, the “Democratic Big Wigs” appear to be divided on the question. It has resulted in the politics of defection inside the Party.
On Thursday, former party chair Joe Andrew, who led the DNC during the Clinton presidency, switched his support from Clinton to Obama. Reaction readily, Clinton campaign on Friday came up with a letter addressed to members of the Democratic National Committee.
The letter is from a group of former party chairs arguing that Clinton has a better chance to defeat John McCain than does Barack Obama. It is urging superdelegates to support her.
The letter, which came hours after the Obama campaign announced that another former DNC chair, Paul G. Kirk Jr., had endorsed the Illinois senator, points to Clinton's victories in some of the nation's biggest states as evidence of her broad appeal and said she has demonstrated the kind of support critical to winning a general election.
"Her base of support includes women, Hispanics, seniors, Catholics, middle and low income Americans, and rural, suburban and urban voters. That's a formidable coalition tailor-made for victory in a November general election," emphasizes the letter.
The signatories of the letter, all previously announced Clinton supporters, include Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe, Don Fowler, Kenneth Curtis, Charles Manatt, Debra DeLee, Steven Grossman and the family of the late Ron Brown.
The letter articulates, "Hillary can win our party's nomination. She is neck and neck with her opponent in Indiana and North Carolina. Both states have sizable voting blocs that resemble constituencies who supported Hillary by large margins in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other contests. So, we encourage you to continue to fully consider Hillary Clinton and the fact that she is qualified and accomplished. Too much is at stake for us not to consider deeply the choice we must make for our Party and our country."