Just when you think things have settled down, and the campaign has finally gotten to a reasonable level, Here come the Keystone Kops of Hillary’s campaign, writing the following "open letter" to Barack Obama:
May 8, 2008
Senator Barack Obama
Obama for America
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
Dear Senator Obama,
has been an historic and exciting campaign. Millions of new voters have
been brought into the process and their enthusiasm for the Democratic
Party and the principles for which you and I have fought and continue
to fight is unprecedented.
One of the foremost principles of our
party is that citizens be allowed to vote and that those votes be
counted. That principle is not currently being applied to the nearly
2.5 million people who voted in primaries in Florida and Michigan.
Whoever emerges as the Democratic nominee will be hamstrung in the
general election if a fair and quick resolution is not reached that
ensures that the voices of these voters are heard. Our commitment now
to this goal could be the difference between winning and losing in
I have consistently said that the votes cast in
Florida and Michigan in January should be counted. We cannot ignore the
fact that the people in those states took the time to be a part of this
process and to make their preferences known. When efforts were untaken
[sic] by leaders in those states to hold revotes to ensure that they
had a voice in selecting our nominee, I supported those efforts. In
Michigan, I supported a legislative effort to hold a revote that the
Democratic National Committee said was in complete compliance with the
party’s rules. You did not support those efforts and your supporters in
Michigan publically [sic] opposed them. In Florida a number of revote
options were proposed. I am not aware of any that you supported. In
2000, the Republicans won an election by successfully opposing a fair
counting of votes in Florida. As Democrats, we must reject any
proposals that would do the same.
Your commitment to the voters
of these states must be clearly stated and your support for a fair and
quick resolution must be clearly demonstrated.
I am asking you
to join me in working with representatives from Florida and Michigan
and the Democratic National Committee to arrive at a solution that
honors the votes of the millions of people who went to the polls in
Florida and Michigan. It is not enough to simply seat their
representatives at the convention in Denver. The people of these great
states, like the people who have voted and are to vote in other states,
must have a voice in selecting our party’s nominee.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
She has to be kidding with this. This can’t be Hillary Rodham Clinton’s doing; it would pretty much have to be a hoax, right? Or is it someone in the campaign doing something without her agreement, that he or she thinks Sen. Clinton will appreciate?
Yes, 2.5 million voted. But none of those people benefited from any sort of campaign. In Michigan, no one was on the ballot, except for Clinton, Kucinich, Gravel and someone named "uncommitted." How many people did NOT vote for a variety of reasons? What about the people in Michigan who wanted to vote for someone whose name wasn’t there, so they didn’t bother? How many people decided not to brave the bitter Michigan cold because it wasn’t going to count anyway? How about the people who decided not to take an extra hour off from work to vote, since it wasn’t going to count, anyway?
She’s asking for the Democratic Party to legitimize an illegitimate election!
The funny thing is, Michigan is very close to a deal that would seat all of the delegates, and give her the proportion of them that she kinda sorta won. She only won 55% of the vote and 50% in Florida, even in illegitimate elections, but there is no way they should be awarded based on that vote.
Send Clinton a message: stick to the rules!