And my response was, well, no it won't hurt them, not even a little. Remember Congressman George H.W. Bush and Governor Ronald Reagan during the Republican primaries in 1980? They were attacking each other with at least as much viciousness as we're getting from Obama and Clinton right now, and that election turned out okay for that party. (Remember Congressman Bush calling Governor Reagan's economic plan "voodoo economics"? The same plan that President Reagan and Vice President Bush implemented.....) For that matter, Senator Al Gore and Governor Bill Clinton were doing likewise during the 1992 Democratic primary.
What happens in the primary is totally forgotten once the balloons fly during the convention. That's always been true, and it'll be true this time. No one will remember or care what one of Senator Clinton's people said about Senator Obama, or vice versa, in September.