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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hillary Makes a Mockery of the Election

Hillary Clinton has again brought up the notion that pledged delegates aren't really pledged. She says they're like superdelegates and can switch sides. From CNN:

"'And also remember that pledged delegates in most states are not pledged,' she told the editorial board of the Philadelphia Daily News Monday. 'You know there is no requirement that anybody vote for anybody. They're just like superdelegates.'

The Clinton campaign said that they had not been planning to try to actively convince the Illinois senator's pledged delegates to switch sides, and would not do so in the future – but on a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Ickes defended Clinton’s Monday remarks and repeated his view that pledged delegates were free to switch their allegiance at any time.

'I think what Mrs. Clinton was trying to make clear was that no delegate is required by party rules to vote for the candidate for which they're pledged,' said Ickes. 'I mean obviously circumstances can change, and people's minds can change about the viability of a particular candidate and that's permitted now under our rules ever since the 1980 convention.'”

What message is it that her campaign is going for? Is it: (1) It doesn't matter what the voters said or is (2) It matters what the voters said, but sometimes we know better and have to correct their "mistake." In what other context can you classify urging a pledged delegate to switch sides than to couch it as a mistake by the voter in choosing Obama? How demeaning is that? Why have the voters vote at all?

Time for Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Richardson, Ms. Pelosi and many others to save their party and save their eventual nominee. The games must end. Obama is not going to be the only one judged in the general election. So is his party. Why should voters believe Democrats in Congress will work hard for Obama when he can't even get them on his side now to get Hillary out of the race. They need serious damage control and they need it now.

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