Thursday, May 22, 2008
It's all about me
According to Hillary, the Democratic Party's nomination process would be as bad as an election in Zimbabwe, if the rules regarding Florida and Michigan are not changed. Presumably, she objects not only to the decision the Party made last fall to exclude the delegates of these two states from the Convention, but also objects to the delegate-based nominating system. Her view now - very different from her view last fall - is that the nomination ought to go to the candidate with the largest overall popular vote.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could re-write the rules whenever you like? How many games would you lose, if you could change the rules to meet your needs?
People go through the motions of an election only to have it discarded and disregarded. We're seeing that right now in Zimbabwe -- tragically an election was held, the president lost, they refused to abide by the will of the people.Barack must be wondering - as I am - whether Hillary does not realize that she is the one who seeks to have the nominating process "discarded and disregarded"; that she is the one who has lost and seeks to overturn the result by changing the rules -- rules she agreed to at the start.
To abide by those rules, according to Hillary, would dishonor the memory of those who fought to pass and enforce voting rights for blacks and to win the vote for women. Does Hillary not see that she trivializes their sacrifices and accomplishments by bending their story to fit her needs in this situation? This is arrogance on a scale I normally expect only from George W. Bush.
Of course, Hillary hasn't always seen the great moral question so clearly as she does now. As with her vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq, Hillary wishes now that she had not agreed to the rules for this nominating process.
"It's clear," Clinton told New Hampshire Public Radio in the fall, "this election [Michigan is] having is not going to count for anything. I personally did not think it made any difference whether or not my name was on the ballot."Please, superdelegates, step up and declare yourselves. Clinton or Obama -- tell us your choice. We have had quite enough of this argument. We are not Zimbabwe, thank you.
It's about time we ended this narcissistic farce.
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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