A prominent donor to Senator Barack Obama recently sent an e-mail plea to other supporters, asking them -- for the sake of Democratic unity -- to write checks to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to help retire her $23 million in campaign debt.
Some of the replies are unprintable, given the coarse language, the donor said. A sampling of others included:
"Why would I help pay off debts that Hillary amassed simply to keep damaging Senator Obama?"
"Gas prices are up, the markets are in turmoil, my kid's fall tuition bill is coming soon. Writing checks to politicians I don't like is not at the top of my list."