McCain has the same problem, btw. Neither one has had this prime time "major address" moment that the press has responded to.
Agree with posters here that Barack had to stop the bleeding... but in doing so, he made an historical speech, much better than any response to any other bleeding attack against any other pol that I can remember.
And, for heaven's sake, it's not about a speech.
It's about a leader being able to directly confront a difficult topic in a thoughtful way.
Nobody has the right to vote in a primary. How many times to I have to explain this.
If everyone had a right to vote in a primary, then states wouldn't be able to exclude non-party members from voting, which Alegre seems very happy to do. So, it's okay to "disenfranchise" non-party members from voting in a primary or caucus, but not MI and FL voters, regardless of party membership.
Individual parties make up the rules for the nomination of their candidates. It has nothing to do with the right to vote in a general election. For example, did the electorate vote to nominate Lieberman for the Lieberman for Conecticut party? Has anyone voted to nominate Nader as the nominee for whatever party he's planning on running on?
I could go on and on.
Obama followed the rules. (So did Edwards, btw.) Now Alegre wants Obama to advocate breaking the rules to give his opponate a leg up.
That said, certainly it's well within the rules for the SD's to overturn the pledged delegate count. But to do so would come at great risk of dividing the party beyond immediate repair.
When you're a complete underdog who played by the rules and BEAT the overwhelming favorite... to have that taken away by the SD's would definitely cause a party revolt.
The same can't be said if the SD's choose Obama. Hillary just CANNOT say that she won fair and square and the SD's are robbing her of the nomination despite her win. Get real.
And that's the dynamic that's going on right now.
The election will proceed to June (unless it gets truly and ridiculously ugly, and it's starting to head that way). After that, Hillary will graciously concede to Obama and rally behing his candidacy.
"Well, if Hillary Clinton was the type of woman to drop out of things just because some folks who don't have her best interests in mind (almost all men) told her to, she would never have made it to Wellesley, let alone the Senate or her position as the most serious female candidate for president in our history."
Wellesley is a woman's college, always has been. How hard was it for Ms. Upper Middle Class Hillary to get into that college. Oy!
She "made it to the Senate" because she was the President's spouse. Hell, she (nor he) was even a resident of NY before she ran for Senate. Which begs the question... why the hell did she choose New York, rather than her home sate of Illinois or their home state of Arkansas to run for Senate? Hmmmm??? Yeah, it was totally political. Grow up!
Your point number three I think is covered aboved.
Here's what we had on hand- DR rates are daytime rotational, meaning spots can run anytime during the designated time period, (ie anytime between 9A-4P). Let me know if you have questions regarding any of this.