Hillary: Nobody's vote should count
by alvernon, Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 11:16:58 AM EDT
So Hillary Clinton gave an interview to Time (click to second page)expressing her clear view that none of the votes cast in the primaries or caucuses should count:
[E]very delegate with very few exceptions is free to make up his or her mind however they choose. We talk a lot about so-called pledged delegates, but every delegate is expected to exercise independent judgment.
Let me rephrase that for you: Every Democrat who thought they were voting for a candidate was really expressing an advisory opinion. Delegates must vote however they think is best no matter what the mere voters said.
For all the pissing and moaning about Obama trying to "disenfranchise" voters, he has not demonstrated this kind of breathtaking contempt for rank-and-file Democrats. This will certainly make the cut when she releases her greatest hits of hypocrisy album.
The most frustrating thing about this attitude is the way she has complained non-stop about caucuses. It's true that Obama keeps picking up more delegates in caucus states that have regional and state conventions, effectively overturning part of the original vote. But how can she endorse that reality (again and again) at the national level when she complains about it at the state level?
But she goes further, flatly stating that primary voters don't matter, either. According to her, the delegates from California, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania should all feel free to vote against her at the convention, no matter what the voters said. How's that for giving the finger to your supporters?
News flash for Hillary: We know you think we're stupid. We know you perfected the art of flim-flammery during the events of 1998-1999. We know you are using those skills to make it look like this race is not yet over. But Obama's pledged delegates are not going to vote for you. Period. Feel free to shut up about it at any time.