Friday, May 30, 2008


Can't we have more coverage of the fact that Hillary's attempt to seat the Florida and Michigan delegates is one of the most grotesque pieces of political dishonesty in memory?

Last year, she explicitly asserted that Michigan's sanctioned primary "wouldn't count for anything." She signed a pledge to avoid campaigning in Florida and Michigan, and her organization stated: “We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process."

Then, finding herself with a handy stash of votes in the elections she promised "wouldn't count," she reversed herself and suddenly became outraged at the "disenfranchisement" of Florida and Michigan voters. She liked the situation to Zimbabwe and the Jim Crow.

All for a policy that top advisor Harold Ickes accepted when he was part of the rules committee that suspended the delegates, that campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe gleefully brandished when he was DNC chair in 2004, and that Clinton herself endorsed until the very moment it was politically convenient to change positions.

Look: although I think that Clinton is an inferior choice in almost every meaningful sense, I understand that some of you support her. But you have to acknowledge that her shenanigans on this issue are breathtakingly mendacious.

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