At some point there's going to be a Dem nominee and we'll go through that traditional "party unity" exercise, where last week's evil enemy (my preferred candidate's opponent) becomes my best friend all of a sudden. Both parties do this phony ritual when needed but this year it's all about the Democrats. Thing is, I read a lot of blog postings on the left and right and the comments sections can be interesting. I saw a LOT of hysterical, mean, nasty, viscious, irrational vitriol on a couple of sites today, all from Democrats. Some of them characterized Clinton as the embodiment of all evil, others characterized Obama as a clueless grinning minstrel (the poster's word, not mine) who has gotten in way over his head. This kind of mindless nastiness is old news when Dems talk about Repubs (see e.g. plenty of examples on this site or go read some posts at DemocraticUnderground.com). What struck me today was the absolute hatred that some Hillary fans have for Obama, and the corresponding (if not even more extreme) hatred that Obama fans have for Hillary. Deep and passionate hatred, and lots of it. I'm also seeing sporadic reports of violence between supporters of one or the other (Drudge has linked to a few over the last couple of weeks). If you're a Hillary supporter, are you going to be able to suck it up and enthusiastically support Barack if it comes to that? OTOH, if you're a Barack supporter, will you be able to enthusiastically support Hillary?