Thursday, May 22, 2008

Clinton Crusade

I know I said only the one more blog about Clinton. I lied. Actually it was true at the time, but then I heard some of her speeches in Florida, some of her rhetoric about seating the Florida delegation despite that a) the election was declared in advance to be outside the Party rules and thus void, b) she and all of the other candidates agreed in writing not to campaign or participate in it.

“They should count [the Florida votes] exactly as they were cast. Democracy demands no less.”

“...people go through the motions of an election only to have them discarded and disregarded. We’re seeing that right now in Zimbabwe. Tragically, an election was held, the president lost, they refused to abide
by the will of the people.”

“I remember very well back in 2000. There were those who argued that people’s votes should be discounted over technicalities...”

“We believe the popular vote is the truest expression of your will. We believe it today, just as we believed it back in 2000, when right here in Florida you learned the hard way what happens when your votes aren’t counted and the candidate with fewer votes is declared the winner.”

“I have a lead in the popular vote that I added to last night,”
which is, of course, an outrageous lie.

Initially willing to negotiate, when Obama's campaign showed signs of flexibility on the issue, Clinton immediately hardened her stance and insisted that both delegations be seated in their entirety.

To every person who has voted for or supported her she is extending a clear invitation to believe that, when Obama is given the nomination, Clinton was cheated out of what is properly hers by virtue of this fictitious "popular vote majority." How many people in whom she creates this sense of having been cheated by the process that Clinton has called illegitimate will choose not to vote for the person whom she has labelled as usurper?

And she has the gall to claim that she is “fully committed” to supporting the cause of the election of a Democrat to the White House in November.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:20 AM

    I don't mean to be a spoilsport, Mr. Jayhawk, but I think no one has heard the end of Ms Clinton's fallacies and fairy tales. And thus, I don't think we've heard the end of your postings regarding Ms. Clinton. But that's okay, I for one don't mind.

    Counting them exactly as cast disenfranchises her opposition - "un-democratic" but that's okay, because she's behind and needs it and she's a Clinton and is entitled, blah blah blah

    Popular vote is not the metric by which a primary is won. And you do not have the majority of popular votes anyway.

    Hardening of the head is a disease the Clintons seem to be prone to. Not a tactic I want in a leader, sorry. We've had that for 8 years, no more, thank you.

    The DNC is supposed to meed May 31 to discuss seating of MI & FL. Personally, I think it should wait until June 4, after all the primaries are over. Mr Obama may have the (current) number locked in by then, and it won't be necessary - if it ever was.

    I read an interview with Chuck Todd and he seems to think that the DNC will change the nominating numbers (ie, include FL &/or MI in some fashion). I really hope they do not, because (if not) that may effectively end it. There will be an outcry from FL & MI - and Clinton - but by the rules and both campaigns agreement they do not have to do that . And if they do in fact do this, I hope and pray there is a clearly worded statement as to why.. including the campaigns agreements, etc.

    This would effectively slap her down of course. But what else do you do with a whiny petulant brat?

    They eed to do this in order to put their house in order to mount the general campaign. They will need all the time they can get to "heal", if that is even possible. Clintons (esp Ms Clinton) really like to burn bridges and leave scorched earth behind them. This is not the mark of a statesman or a politician who is thinking of the greater good. Simply more evidence of a conniving pol out for only herself.