Monday, February 11, 2008

Trust And Her Word...?

Is it any surprise that Clinton, especially after being trounced this weekend by Obama, is demanding the Florida and Michigan primaries count?

"The back story is simple: The Florida and Michigan legislatures moved their primaries forward in the calendar to exert greater influence on the nominating process. But, by scheduling their primaries before February 5, they broke rules set by both the Democratic and the Republican parties. The GOP punished these scofflaw states by stripping them of half their delegates to the Republican National Convention. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) took them all away--and, so, the Democratic candidates did not campaign in these states."

"Without ads and stump speeches--Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan--the actual primary votes in these states were meaningless beauty contests, and perhaps not even that. Knowing that their ballots meant nothing, many voters stayed home. And, as everyone expected, Hillary romped to victory on the basis of her brand name and voters' lack of familiarity with the alternatives."

"But neutral observers can't stand idly by as one campaign openly discusses stealing the nomination at the convention. Democrats need to recognize this potential gambit for what it is: a cynical, selfish hijacking of the democratic process. Clinton would not be laying the groundwork for this ploy unless it was potentially decisive. And the damage to Democrats (and democrats) would be profound. If Clinton is truly willing to trample so many institutions she professes to care about in pursuit of victory, she will have proven her enemies correct."

via TNR

It is a question of trust. Obama and Clinton agreed to remove Michigan and Florida from the primary and not count the votes. Obama has kept his word. Clinton has not. How can we trust Clinton in the White House when she so openly defies a signed pledge.

pledge /plɛdʒ/ [plej] noun, verb, pledged, pledg•ing.
–noun 1. a solemn promise or agreement to do or refrain from doing something: a pledge of aid; a pledge not to wage war.

Haven't we had enough of this? We have had to endure eight years of this kind of duplicity from Bush, let's not approve more of the same.



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