“I think it’s important we send a message to the people of Michigan and Florida that Democrats care about their lives and their futures,” said Clinton, who denied she was breaking a party accord to stay out of those states. Barack Obama’s camp sees her move differently: “It seems like Hillary Clinton will do or say anything to win an election,” an Obama rep said.
Say or do anything indeed. Especially after a shellacking tonight in SC. Rewrite the rules to benefit me. Whaaa. The delegates were lost when the primaries were moved up. To suggest Obama “doesn’t care about the people of Florida” is just the kind of campaigning we’ve come to expect from the Billary camp. Shameless.
Hillary and Bill are on a personal quest, and party be damned. Slash and burn, folks. It begins. Ezra Klein wonders what the larger affect of such a Clintonian tactic will be:
But if this pushes her over the edge, the Obama camp, and their supporters, really will feel that she stole her victory. They didn’t contest those states because they weren’t going to count, not because they were so committed to the DNC’s procedural arguments that they were willing to sacrifice dozens of delegates to support it. It’s as hard as hardball gets, and the end could be unimaginably acrimonious. Imagine if African-American voters feel the rules were changed to prevent Obama’s victory, if young voters feel the delegate counts were shifted to block their candidate.