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Hillary Gets Offensive on Superdelegates

We’ve been saying all along don’t count Hillary out — she’s still got the best machine and believes the Presidency is hers by fiat. But now that she’s on the ropes, on the verge of receiving a knockout blow she’s fighting back. Remember, the most dangerous animal is a cornered one. And Hillary’s definitely in a corner.

A new domain http://www.delegatehub.com/ has been registered on Feb 14 — take a look at who registered it:

Administrative Contact :
Hillary Clinton for President
c/o Network Solutions
P.O. Box 447
Herndon, VA 20172-0447
Phone: 570-708-8780
Record expires on 14-Feb-2009
Record created on 14-Feb-2008
Database last updated on 16-Feb-2008

The website itself claims “Paid for by Hillary Clinton for President”.

The site is a battle over superdelegates — one we’ve written about several times. Basically, Hillary can lose the primaries and still be the nominee, due to backroom deals. Search what we’ve written about before for a full primer on superdelegates.

But on to what the website says:

FACT: There is a clear path to an overall delegate majority (pledged + automatic) for Hillary Clinton after all states have voted — with or without Florida and Michigan.

Contrary to the Obama campaigns claims that the race is over, all voters should have their say before a candidate declares victory and tries to circumvent the democratic process. The race is currently a virtual tie, with the campaigns now separated by a small handful of delegates, barely 1% of all the delegates to the Democratic Convention.

That’s debatable. She’s in a must-win in Texas and Ohio or it’s basically over. And calling them “automatic” instead of what they are — superdelegates — is a nice slight-of-hand. Superdelegates are not voted on in primaries, they’re privileged Democratic members who can nullify the will of the people.

Democrats have 4,049 delegates, and CNN reports Obama has 1,319 delegates, Hillary 1,250. It’s likely neither can get the majority required before the convention, thus the battle over superdelegates (who will decide the nomination). Don’t be surprised for Howard Dean to try and broker a deal — Hillary takes the Presidency, Obama the VP (“For the good of the party”). He’ll try and sell it by saying Obama is a young guy, and after eight years he’ll be in a solid position to run again.

FACT: Florida and Michigan should count, both in the interest of fundamental fairness and honoring the spirit of the Democrats’ 50-state strategy.

An important part of the debate over delegates is the role of Florida and Michigan. Hillary Clinton believes that the voices of 600,000 Michigan primary voters and 1.75 million Florida primary voters should be heard at the Democratic convention.

Hillary’s beginning to sound like Al Gore — trying to change the rules after the fact to benefit her, all the while claiming it’s about “making every vote count”. We didn’t like what the Democratic party did to Michigan and Florida, but that’s the rules, and everyone has to follow them. Anything else at this point would be fundamentally unfair. The states knew the rules before they moved their primaries, and accepted the result.

Elections have rules, and you have to follow them. The time to challenge the rules was before the election, not after.

Of course, if Obama won those states, we’re sure Hillary would be just as vocal about getting those delegates seated as well, for fairness. Yeah, right.


1 Comment

  1. Just found this on ABCNews

    This morning brings the news that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, has launched a new website where they are announcing how they are officially preparing to make the case that the rules of the Democratic nomination process should be changed.

    “FACT: Florida and Michigan should count, both in the interest of fundamental fairness and honoring the spirit of the Democrats’ 50-state strategy.”

    That’s not a fact, that’s an opinion.

    And it’s clear evidence (not that there was any mystery about it) that the Clinton campaign is trying to change the rules in the middle of the game.

    Clinton’s own senior adviser, Harold Ickes, voted as a member of the DNC committee to not recognize these two state delegations because they violated the rules of the primary scheduling process. Now as a Clinton campaign representative he’s making the case that they should count.

    The Clinton camp is now calling 2208 “the number required for a candidate to secure the nomination with Florida and Michigan included.”

    But that’s not the number.

    According to the DNC, the number is 2025. And Florida and Michigan don’t get included.

    The three chairs of the Democratic Convention Credentials Committee, which will decide this Michigan and Florida morass, all worked in the administration of Bill Clinton: Former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, Social Security Administration associate commissioner James Roosevelt Jr., and White House travel consultant Eliseo Roques-Arroyo, as noted yesterday by the Washington Times.

    Note the last part, the people who will decide this mess all worked for Bill Clinton. Read more at the Washington Times.

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