by mikeinsf, Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 09:36:39 AM EDT
Ugh. How do I get myself caught up in these primary rehashes? I hear something I disagree with and simply cannot resist saying something . Today, it was the "Hillary won the popular vote" thing, and it got my hackles up. My response is always, "yeah, right, not a soul in Michigan would have voted for Obama if they could". Well, I was set straight.
Of course the Rules Committee convened, and of course they decided to give Obama the "uncommitted" vote, and of course they gave each state half the delegates. No one was completely happy, but the rules have been accepted by most, and here we are. By accepting the compromise, yes, Hillary won the popular vote. In this, I was wrong.
Now, I have to say something. But I swear this will be my last comment on the primaries. One question I asked repeatedly in the Spring of our Discontent is why-oh-why did Hillary say that Michigan would count for nothing before the Iowa caucuses, and then find religion on Michigan only after she started losing. To me the answer is pretty apparent, but I'd be happy to hear something that's a little more flattering than my guess. If anyone has something better, here's your chance, because, as I said, after this, I will never touch the primaries on this site again.
So, OK, rules. If we are to get anywhere, we need to accept a few things. This means that caucuses do count, just like they did when no one was complaining about them in the previous ten or so cycles. This means that the rulings of the Rules Committee stand. Hillary accepted it, Obama accepted it, the media accepted it, Washington accepted, the public accepted it. Therefore, yes, the resolution by the Rules Committee to our screwy process is this: Hillary won the popular vote; Obama won the delegates; and Obama will be the nominee.
So, now what? Everyone has a choice. They can undermine the candidacy of Obama by repeating tired arguments from the primary and repeating talking points of the McCain campaign, or they can work towards a Democratic presidency and a Democratic majority in Congress. Because I happen to care about the environment, war, and rights, I know where I stand.
I'm looking forward to this week. Obama goes on a little vacation, and we get to hear a lot more from Hillary. Then, in a few weeks, we get to hear great speeches from Bill, Hillary, and Obama. And, then in November, we get to see how all of them worked together and handed McCain's ass to him. Nice. Looking forward already feels better than looking back.
OK. Getting-It-Off-My-Chest/Train-Of-Thought rambling, over and out.