BooMan has a post up: Meta Campaign Thread.
“What states do you think Obama has to win on Super Tuesday in order to maintain the viability of his campaign? What states do you think he will win?”
Really, it does not matter how many delegates or states Obama wins.
It appears the Clintons do not intend to play by the DNC’s rules.
from The American Prospect
Ezra Klein: CLINTON TRIES TO REINSTATE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA’S DELEGATES.
This is a very, very, very big deal. From the Clinton campaign:
“”I hear all the time from people in Florida and Michigan that they want their voices heard in selecting the Democratic nominee.
I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so I will ask my Democratic convention delegates to support seating the delegations from Florida and Michigan. I know not all of my delegates will do so and I fully respect that decision. But I hope to be President of all 50 states and U.S. territories, and that we have all 50 states represented and counted at the Democratic convention.
I hope my fellow potential nominees will join me in this.
I will of course be following the no-campaigning pledge that I signed, and expect others will as well.””
Klein “This is the sort of decision that has the potential to tear the party apart. In an attempt to retain some control over the process and keep the various states from accelerating their primaries into last Summer, the Democratic National Committee warned Michigan and Florida that if they insisted on advancing their primary debates, their delegates wouldn’t be seated and the campaigns would be asked not to participate in their primaries. This was agreed to by all parties (save, of course, the states themselves).
With no one campaigning, Clinton, of course, won Michigan — she was the only Democrat to be on the ballot, as I understand it, which is testament to the other campaign’s beliefs that the contest wouldn’t count — and will likely win Florida. And because the race for delegates is likely to be close, she wants those wins to matter. So she’s fighting the DNC’s decision, and asking her delegates — those she’s already won, and those she will win — to overturn it at the convention.”
I hope this report is wrong.
BUT Reuters is reporting the story titled “Clinton roils vote dispute in presidential race”
As we’ve seen, Hillary’s use of scorched earth – Karl Rove’s manual – so far in the 8 week campaign has opened fissures within party circles.
Klein is right. Any move to fight the DNC’s decision will damage party unity. A damaged party that’s not likely to be healed for victory on November 4th.
Hillary, whatever happened to It takes a Village?