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March 20, 2008

Clinton Supporters Getting Desperate, Angry

Today is the last day before the Michigan legislature goes on vacation for two weeks. That's bad news for folks wanting to negotiate a second primary (some blogs say that this is the final deadline for setting a new primary date, but I don't know if that is true). Clinton supporters who have hoped to use Michigan's delegates to make up for part of Obama's lead are nervous that if they don't get either a re-vote or agreement to seat the delegates according to the "renegade primary" by today, they never will.

I think the stress is getting to them, if Jeralyn Merritt of TalkLeft is any gauge. She and her main coblogger have been in the tank for Clinton for most of the last year and it colors their posts. Now she's really letting Obama have it, accusing him of trying to "steal the election" and "demanding 50% of the delegates in Michigan."

The major problem with this claim is that Obama hasn't demanded anything. One of his supporters, Chris Dodd, has suggested that they split the votes 50-50, so that the Michigan delegates can at least participate at the convention. The Obama campaign said they thought that would be a good solution if the legislature fails to approve a re-vote. And, of course, "steal the election" is fighting words among the Left, even if it doesn't come close to accurately describing the situation.

Jeralyn focuses on the Michigan primary voters who supported Clinton, saying that she should get at least 55% of the delegates while the uncommitted votes should be free to chose whichever candidate they like. Anything else would be disfranchisement and unfair in Jeralyn's mind. Except that this ignores those voters who chose to sit-out or vote in the Republican primary, knowing that the Democratic primary wouldn't count.

It's exactly the type of slimy curve-ball that we've come to expect from Clinton. She's the only name on the ballot, but voters are assured that the results won't count. Only now she wants them to count exactly as they were cast. Surprise! Obama-supporting Democrats should really have seen that one coming.

Anyways, it's nice to see Leftists who didn't swoon over Obama's speech.

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posted by Gabriel Malor at 02:53 PM

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