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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Selling Florida (and Michigan) Swampland

Whenever Hillary says she's staying in the race to fight for Florida and Michigan, and the press mindlessly repeats that claim, as they've done over and over again tonight, I have to wonder if there isn't a simpler and more elegant solution that goes unmentioned. Hillary should DROP OUT OF THE FRICKIN' RACE.

Can you think of a faster way to get those delegations seated? Obama wouldn't object--hell, he'd bend over backward to seat those states. Why then does no one bother to point out that Madam Swampland is the only real barrier those states face? Simple. Obama's camp won't make the argument because they're trying to de-escalate, so HRC's people have an uncontested field, and the bobbleheads can't come up with anything not fed to them by one camp or the other.


At 5:29 AM, Blogger Number Three said...

Michigan has plenty of wetlands, but they are mostly marsh. Home to the redwing blackbirds. Of course, the Everglades is really marsh, too, isn't it?

But seriously, I am so tired of Michigan and Florida the meme. Obama wasn't even on the Michigan ballot, so counting HRC's votes there as "votes" is one of the most unfair things that could be done. And I know that I'm an Obama supporter, but I think that that is pretty objective. It seems like the kind of point a "political expert" like Russert or Stephie could grasp. But once again, if you thought that, you would be wrong.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger tenaciousmcd said...

Hard to feel much sympathy for states that BROKE THE RULES and then got punished. With FL, you can at least make the case that the circumstances were still relatively equal: the candidates were all on the ballot and nobody could really campaign there. HRC would have won the state anyway, I'll happily concede.

But counting MI would be literally INSANE. Her effort to include it demonstrates in stark terms just how much of a sociopath and narcissist she is. I can't tell you how many times I heard Matthews and Chuck Todd repeat her "I won the popular vote" line, throw up their hands and say "those are her numbers, who are we to say she's wrong," and neglect to point out the obvious, which is that you can't reasonably count Michigan when O's name wasn't even on the ballot and they all agreed in advance it wouldn't count. On the other hand, Matthews did a good job of tying that Clinton-boosting Florida congresswoman into knots over the superdels Q.


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