Hillary Hyperbole

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

According to Hillary Clinton, not seating the Florida delegates is like denying votes to blacks in the era lacking civil rights.  You know, like this:


No, no.  It’s more like the voting was in Zimbabwe.  You know, like this:

More than thirty people have been killed in the run-up to the poll, most of them supporters of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change.

A motorcade taking the party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, on a last day of campaigning in poor suburbs of the capital, Harare, was stoned by government supporters, but Mr Tsvangirai was not hurt.

Seriously, Clinton cannot complain about the non-seating of the Florida and Michigan delegates.  Here’s why:

The facts of the DNC’s decision to strip Michigan and Florida of their delegates are clear. The Clinton campaign not only abided by the ruling, but supported it, and even helped decide it. In 2004, Terry McAulliffe, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, stared down Michigan’s attempt to move up their primary by threatening to deny them their delegates. He bragged about the managerial steel this displayed in his memoirs. In this cycle, Harold Ickes, Hillary Clinton’s adviser, was part of the DNC Committee that voted to strip Florida and Michigan of their delegates. And he sided with the majority. "This committee feels very strongly that the rules ought to be enforced," he said. So did 11 other Clinton supporters on the 30-person committee.

Clinton’s campaign could have, at that point, condemned the DNC’s high-handed affront to democracy. But they did the opposite, releasing a statement by campaign manager Patty Solis Doyle that said, "We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process. And we believe the DNC’s rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role. Thus, we will be signing the pledge to adhere to the DNC approved nominating calendar."

She’s desparate now, that’s clear.  But she needs to just stop.