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Some Progressives will vote against Trump.
Some Progressives will hold their noses and vote for Clinton.
Some Progressives will work and vote for Clinton.
That's as much as can be said unless someone pays to do some polling on the question. What Smith's friends and readership of Naked Capitalism will or won't do is the epitome of anecdotal evidence.
She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
However we have to keep some perspective here. It is normal for there to be intra-party tensions during the primary season, and I have seen comments to the effect that the divisions within the Dem party now are less than they were at the same stage in 2008. What's seems incontestable, however, is that divisions in the GOP are off the scale by comparison.
A lot of wooing and making up and cooling of passions will take place between now and the Dem convention. After that we will start seeing a truer picture of where the land lies. However what I find difficult to take is Yves' description of her friends as progressives:
European Tribune - Yves Smith On Voting For Hillary
The highly educated, high-income, finance-literate readers of my website, Naked Capitalism, don't just overwhelmingly favor Bernie Sanders. They also say "Hell no!" to Hillary Clinton to the degree that many say they would even vote for Donald Trump over her.
In what universe do they think Trump is committed to reducing income inequality? Intelligent is not an adjective that comes to mind. Spoiled brats seems closer to the mark...
Index of Frank's Diaries
The tragicomedy of Whigs was largely in their refusal to nominate "looser" Henry Clay in their most promising years, 1840 and 1848. Clay sabotaged himself by impulsively declaring "I had rather be right than president" in 1839. The Whigs ran with "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" in 1840, that is, a war hero Harrison and (for the Vice-President) Tyler. Harrison died after just a month in the office, and Tyler turned out to be very obstructionist towards Congress Whigs. In 1848, another war hero Zachary Taylor was nominated - and he suddenly passed away in the office as well. The ascended president Fillmore was not effective in preventing deepening divisions between the North and the South, and within the Whigs.
During the Bill Clinton presidency, I found the Republicans ridiculous with their impeachment. But then Gore, Kerry were effectively careful not to win. If Hilary Clinton will turn out to be a fraud candidate, the Democratic Party might indeed dust away in the next years.
Given that the simile used was "gnawing off your leg to escape a trap", I'd say your characterisation is a bit uncharitable.
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