It’s hard to say who Debra Bartoshevich hurts more, Hillary Clinton or John McCain. But she might just help Barack Obama. The 41-year-old emergency room nurse from Waterford, WI was once an elected delegate for Hillary Clinton and has said since June that she is supporting John McCain rather than Barack Obama.
Bartoshevich, who had been stripped of her delegate status by the Wisconsin Democratic Party, stood at a podium paid for by the Republican National Committee on Monday with McCain aide Carly Fiorina standing nearby. The neo-McCain supporter said this: Going back to 1999, John McCain did an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle saying that overturning Roe v. Wade would not make any sense, because then women would have to have illegal abortions. Bartoshevich is a self-described pro-choice Democrat.
Whoops! Bartoshevich apparently hasn’t been reading the papers much since Bill Clinton was president. McCain and his entire campaign staff have been drumming his pro-life position, which includes his intention to appoint conservative anti-Roe v Wade judges to the Supreme Court for his entire 2008 campaign. Indeed, McCain’s unqualified pro-life position is thought to be key to turning out socially conservative Republicans in November who might otherwise be inclined to stay home. The campaign re-affirmed McCains pro-life position yesterday on the same day the RNC trotted out Bartoshevich.
While the Obama campaign was quick by Monday night to lampoon the use of Bartoshevich in a McCain ad, Obama Democrats say the nurse may have been a gift from McCain to send a jolt through the so-called PUMA (Party Unity My A**) Clinton supporters who aren’t yet supporting Obama. Hopefully, it reminds them of the Supreme Court appointments likely to be made in the next four years. News of Bartoshevich's performance reverberated around the PUMA blogs.
Supreme Court appointments is an issue that hasn’t gotten much air-time in the campaign. And Obama strategists are counting on hammering it after Labor Day to woo back disgruntled Hillary supporters.