Here Comes the FightI commented yesterday that the popular vote was going to be an issue in the Democratic nomination fight before it was over, and that while Barack Obama will continue to have a nearly insurmountable pledged delegate lead. Sure enough, the Wicked Witch of New York is already claiming a popular vote advantage:
The day after her big win in Pennsylvania, Hillary Rodham Clinton said
Wednesday that she now has more votes than anybody who has ever run for
president in a Democratic primary.
Clinton is including Michigan and Florida, primaries she won after all the
candidates agreed to boycott the states for holding votes too early for party
rules. Obama had his name pulled off the ballot in Michigan, so he doesn't get a
single vote from that state.
"I'm very proud that as of today, I have received more votes by the
people who have voted than anybody else, and I am proud of that," Clinton said
at a rally in Indianapolis. "It's a very close race, but if you count, as I
count, the 2.3 million people who voted in Michigan and Florida, then we are
going to build on that."
Obama and his people are right, of course, that because he followed the rules that the Democratic Party had set out and took his name off the Michigan ballot, the contest in that State was hardly a fair fight and not one that the Clinton camp can rightly claim. Not only will that not stop them from doing so, but since Democrats are the party utterly obsessed with popular votes (and which, over the years, has turned vote scamming and political demagoguery into an art form), it seems more than a bit hypocritical that the party which thinks we ought to trash the Constitution when electing a president cannot see their way clear to trash their own rules. Their method of governing their party ought to be reflective of the way they generally govern when in power-no direction, no rules but those they create, no absolutes, and no care for who they screw over when they change the rules they expected others to follow.
If the intra-party political situation plays out among the Democrats the way that the pundits are predicting that it will, they shall all proceed to Denver for Deviancy Days wherein they shall proceed to destroy themselves. Florida and Michigan will demand representation, will be denied for violating the rules, some superdelegates will protest that these States do not have representation. Some delegates (super and otherwise) will protest that "the popular will" is being denied whether they represent Obama or Clinton.
In the midst of all of this very public mess, the leadership of the national Democratic Party will be exposed for what it truely is-the lowest sort of cheap, vote-rigging, conniving swine, a collection of criminals in suits who speak "power to the people" while insuring that a fair bit of that power is kept to them.
The whole business makes me feel great to be a Republican.