Friday, February 15, 2008

Clinton Scheming for FL and MI Delegates

When Florida and Michigan Democrats defied Democratic National Committee rules and scheduled their primaries in January, the DNC responded by saying the delegates selected in those primaires would not be seated at the convention. In Michigan at least, every other Democratic candidate aside from Hillary Clinton did not petition to be on the ballot and indeed Clinton was the only candidate on the Michigan ballot. Candidates likewise said they would not campaign in Florida and they didn't--although Clinton held a rally on the evening of the primary date. Now that she is behind in the race for delegates, Hillary Clinton suddenly wants the Michigan and Florida delegates to be allowed to, well vote for her, but Clinton will have to get around the DNC to do so.
Clinton's campaign insists the delegates should be seated in accordance with more than 2 million votes cast in the two states last month.

"I think that the people of Michigan and Florida spoke in a very convincing way, that they want their voices and their votes to be heard," Clinton told reporters. "The turnout in both places was record-breaking and I think that that should be respected."

Clinton did not object to the DNC stripping the states of their delegates when the decision was made last year. Some of her backers were on the committee that made the decision to do so and actively supported it.

"Now, when they believe it serves their political interests, they're trying to rewrite the rules," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said in a call with reporters.
And Plouffe is right. If the roles were reversed, Clinton would be fighting tooth and nail to have the delegates blocked. The stunning hypocrisy smacks of desperation will almost certainly result in a lawsuit.

Despite my conservative nature and general disagreement with Obama's politics, I would love to have the opportunity to work on a lawsuit to stop Hillary Clinton's hail mary. The blatant unfairness of it all should just strike everyone as wrong.

I am seeing that crime coming and it will not be pretty.

1 comment:

rightwingprof said...

Oh, I don't know. I plan to make a big bowl of popcorn, put my feet up, kick back, and enjoy the show.