Friday, February 22, 2008

I Made That Pledge Before I Thought I Could Lose

Clinton. Trust. Heh.

"They wanted their voices heard. More than 2 million people came out. I mean, it was record turnout for a primary."

Clinton didn't care about the delagates until she did.




Blogger Jimmi said...

This is wrong on so many different levels. The citizens of FL & MI should have their votes count. It's not the peoples fault that the Democratic Party wants to play games and punish someone. If they want to punish someone fine the state, don't take away people's civil right to vote. I think this boarders on unconstitutional.

For the record, i would say this if it was Obama or even McCain. It's not about Hillary winning, its about the peoples voice.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I would agree that it certainly is not fair for the voters of FL and MI. But, Clinton had no compuction to sign the pledge to not count the delegates of FL and MI until she saw that her campaign was losing. My point is, Clinton has a strange sense of right and wrong - it's right when she thought she had the nom in the bag - it's wrong when she saw she may not have the nom.
As for the possibility of this being unconstitutional, there is nothing in the constitution about primaries. The primaries are a creation of political parties; political parties are not mentioned, nor are they mandated in the Constitution. If there was anything in the Constitution about nominating elections for President, I would be fully with you on this, but there is not. I think the Constitution is the closest thing, in my mind, to a sacred document, which is why I feel the theory of the Unitary Executive is so dangerous. But that's for another post. This is why the Democtratic National Committee is able to pass this ruling on delegate counts in FL and MI. This may sound like splitting hairs, but it is relevent to the discussion.
As I said, I understand your feelings on the fairness of the delegate count, but I have to look to how the primaries were created - by political parties, not the Constituion. If things were perfectly fair, we probably wouldn't have super delegates.
Anyway, I'm glad were are have these arguments; they keep me on my toes!

10:18 PM  

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