Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Hillary Changes Rules At Halftime
It's funny because Hillary Clinton (whom I ever so affectionately refer to as MrsSatan) wants to change the rules halfway through the Democrat primary process by laying claim to the Michigan and Florida delegates. Yes, it sure is funny - funny HA HA funny - because for decades this is what Democrats used to pull on their Republican opponents..changing the rules at halftime.
Now, it's the feel-good, laugh-fest of the New year, with Hillary wanting to keep for herself the delegates in Michigan and Florida.
From Yahoo News:
Sen. Hillary Clinton, in an about-face, said on Friday she wants the Democratic Party delegates in two states that were barred by the national party to be reinstated and counted in the race to determine the party's U.S. presidential nominee.
In those states, Michigan and Florida, Clinton could stake claim to nearly all the delegates to the nominating convention in question -- more than 350.
She was the only candidate on the Democratic ballot in Michigan and holds a strong lead in Florida, which holds its contest on Tuesday.
The national party eliminated the delegates from Michigan and Florida because the states broke party rules by holding primary voting contests before February 5. But just four days before Florida's primary, Clinton said she wants the delegates reinstated.
"I know other campaigns have tried to downplay the significance of these two states," Clinton told reporters. "I think that is not a good strategy for Democrats or any of us who cares about the outcome of this election."
To become the Democratic nominee in the November election, a candidate must collect a majority of more than 2,000 delegates by competing in state contests around the nation.
Because Michigan and Florida violated the rules, all the major Democratic candidates pledged not to campaign there before their primaries.
Clinton said she did not think she was violating that agreement.
"I think it's important we send a message to the people of Michigan and Florida that Democrats care about their lives and their futures, and I will certainly do everything I can to be a good president for them," she said.
In Michigan, Clinton won the primary after the other major candidates pulled their names from the ballot. Polls show she holds a strong lead in Florida, where all the candidates are on the ballot.
A spokesman for her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama, accused Clinton of changing course.
It's funny when Democrats cannibalize their own, isn't it?
But wait - there's more - why, if you order before midnight...
Just when it appeared that the identity of the Republicans’ presidential nominee would not be known for some time — perhaps not until the convention — the Democrats are the ones who may be headed for a brokered convention.
The Clintons are bracing for such a possibility. They hinted as much when they suggested, within moments of their 2:1 defeat in the South Carolina primary, that they might request that the convention seat delegates from Florida and Michigan, even though all candidates had agreed to abide by the national party’s decision not to. (This was supposed to have been the price these states were supposed to pay for advancing the dates of their primaries.)
The Clintons were clearly signaling to Barack Obama that, in the event he continues to accrue sufficient delegates necessary to deny Hillary a majority, they will seek to deny Obama the nomination with the votes of these phantom delegations, plus those of “super-delegates.” (The latter, of course, are party “big shots,” who are named to state delegations after the others have been selected by party voters.) All of a sudden, it is 1968 all over again, but with some ironic and delicious twists.
The 2008 presidential race may indeed be for Republicans to lose. If the Republicans cannot capitalize on all the internal strife, fighting and backstabbing that is consuming the Democrat Party and their candidates, well...when will the Republicans be able to capitalize on anything?
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