THE PLANK APRIL 11, 2008
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., vented frustration that the Democratic
Party has failure to come to a resolution about how to handle the
convention delegations in Florida and Michigan.
"I really don’t understand why the Republican Party very clearly
decided what they were going to do, and the Democratic Party can’t
decide," Clinton said at an airport in Pittsburgh, going further than
she has in the past in her critique.
Why, indeed? Blogger Brendan Loy explains:
Actually, Senator Clinton, the Democratic Party did decide what to do. They decided to strip those states of all their delegates.
This decision was made through the proper procedures, at the proper
time, by the proper decision-makers -- including your own adviser
Harold Ickes, who voted "yes" on the delegate-stripping plan. The
decision was clear and straightforward: if Florida and Michigan didn't
move their primary dates, they'd lose their delegations. Period. That
was, and is, the decision.
You initially accepted this decision because it was politically
necessary for you to do so -- after all, you couldn't be seen as the
only candidate not currying favor with Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and
South Carolina. Now, you are refusing to accept that very same decision
because it is, again, politically necessary for you to do so, as you
can't "win" without those "delegates" who were "elected" in those
states' illegitimate "primaries."
Yeah, that's pretty much why.