Saturday, March 29, 2008

Despite Protests, FLA/MI Decided Long Ago

Posted by Ken Hart
It's very simple. Michigan's and Florida's Democratic "honchos" (to use your term) decided to move up their primaries in violation of the rules, as did Michigan's and Florida's Republican "honchos." All the Democratic and Republican candidates -- including Hillary -- agreed to their party's choice of sanction. For the Democrats, it was no delegates. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. Again, every candidate agreed to abide by these rules. Hillary wants to change the rules now, which is like a football coach saying, "I'm down by two points and there's only time for one play left. Can we move the goal line 10 yards closer?"

Two ironies about this:
1) If Michigan and Florida had stayed in their original spots on the calendar, they would have had a potentially HUGE role in the nomination. Oh well.

2) Hillary isn't even expecting a revote, Scott. She knows that even if she were to win big in both states, she'd still trail by a big amount in both the popular vote and the delegate count. This is all a smokescreen. Mathematically, she's 99.9% kaput. She'd need to win about 70% of the vote in the remaining 10 primaries to catch up, which isn't happening.

She knows that her only option now is to hammer Obama so much that he becomes unelectable, and to convince the super delegates that they need to ditch the results of the popular vote and the delegate count and switch to her.

And that's not happening, either. The Democratic Party is not going to tell the first viable African-American candidate and his supporters, "Sorry, your victory doesn't count." So any actions toward that goal is quixotic, to put it politely, as well as wasteful and destructive toward the Democratic Party.

Yes, Hillary, you've fought well and I'm sorry that your presumed destiny of the past decade isn't happening. But it's time to take a seat for the sake of the party and the country.
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Ken B. said...

I have to agree -- Hillary is a formidable candidate with an impressive resume, but Barack Obama happens to appear on the scene at the same time, unfortunately for her, and he and his momentum simply cannot be dismissed or over-shadowed at this time. We can wait to see the results of the Pennsylvania vote, but it seems the best she may do is to concede and maybe even take a VP position on the Dem ticket. With Bill Clinton supporting that scenario, the Dems would be sitting strong in the general elaction, I think. McCain will be hard to beat.