Saturday, February 09, 2008

Fight club

By the time this weekend is over, it seems likely that Barack Obama will have a clear lead in state delegates although Hillary Clinton may still hold an edge because of committed "superdelegates." Democratic Party stalwart Donna Brazile is not pleased:

"If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party. I feel very strongly about this," Brazile said.
Then there's the brewing battle over delegates from Michigan and Florida, both of which went for Clinton. But the DNC ruled these delegates invalid because those states moved up their primaries.

The second fight is likely to be over seating delegates from Michigan and Florida. The Democratic Party has already voted not to seat their delegates because they held early primaries.

Clinton won both contests, and she wants those delegates seated.

On the Senate floor on Friday, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida -- a Clinton supporter -- predicted a "potential train wreck" when deciding what to do about the disputed delegates from Florida and Michigan.
Yesterday I got on the Boston Globe web site and there was one of those sidebar polls that asked "Is Hillary finished?" Wow, are we really asking that question already? But with momentum building for the crowd-pleaser Obama, it's looking more likely that Clinton can only win this nomination with the help of party cronies and the circumvention of the DNC's own rules.

How very Clintonesque.

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