"Well, that was his choice"
by IvoteMay6th, Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 01:56:18 PM EDT
Hillary Clinton is now saying -- not via a surrogate, but in
her own voice -- that because there was a concerted effort to
get people to vote uncommitted in Michigan, the results of the
Jan.29 beauty contest there should stand (as a real primary).
The sheer dishonesty of this is mindboggling. It was dishonest
enough for her to leave her name on the ballot in the first
place. But to compound the sin by alleging that the resulting
outcome was somehow fair is simply beyond the pale.
Seating Michigan's delegation as determined by the
Jan.29th beauty contest would not only be ratifying
an illegitimate result, it would be completely under-
cutting the party's ability to govern itself or enforce
its rules. Lots of people don't care about the latter,
but as someone who has served on local and state party
committees and been a party activist for over two
decades, I personally do care.
I was originally pro-Edwards and anti-Obama.
After Edwards dropped out I was still anti-Obama.
North Carolina had precinct meetings last night as
the first step in our process (to be followed by the
county, district, state, and national, conventions),
and I personally had planned to have a daily diary
detailing evolution of the race here, up until I finally
made a decision (between Clinton and Obama).
Frankly, however, the decision has been made for me.
Anybody who is arguing for MI or FL to be seated without
a do-over on the grounds that the existing result is
legitimate simply does not understand
right and wrong in a democratic context.
And anybody who is getting ready to be nominated
and supported by the DNC, but thinks that it is OK
to ratify flouting of their directives in this way,
does not understand right and wrong in a Democratic