Thursday, May 22, 2008

every vote to count?

She wants to come off as "Al Gore redux" when she's talking about wanting the votes from Florida and Michigan to "count," but I don't see it as working for her. Was she singing that same tune when the Florida and Michigan Democrats were first told their votes wouldn't be added because they went against the DNC and held early primaries? I don't recall that song at all, and do you know why? She was singing another one, in unison with Obama and Edwards.

If Florida and Michigan had gone Obama's way, she wouldn't care one whit about them. She certainly wouldn't be saying that America = Zimbabwe.

Jonathan Chait writes:
This gambit by Clinton is simply an attempt to steal the nomination. It's obviously not going to work, because Democratic superdelegates don't want to commit suicide. But this episode is very revealing about Clinton's character. I try not to make moralistic characterological judgments about politicians, because all politicians compromise their ideals in the pursuit of power. There are no angels in this business. Clinton's gambit, however, truly is breathtaking.

If she's consciously lying, it's a shockingly cynical move. I don't think she's lying. I think she's so convinced of her own morality and historical importance that she can whip herself into a moralistic fervor to support nearly any position that might benefit her, however crass and sleazy. It's not just that she's convinced herself it's okay to try to steal the nomination, she has also appropriated the most sacred legacies of liberalism for her effort to do so. She is proving herself temperamentally unfit for the presidency.

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