Clinton Campaign Takes Aim At Elected Delegates

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THE PLANK MARCH 9, 2008

Clinton Campaign Takes Aim At Elected Delegates

Hillary Clinton in Newsweek:

How can you win the nomination when the math looks so bleak for you?It
doesn't look bleak at all. I have a very close race with Senator Obama.
There are elected delegates, caucus delegates and superdelegates, all
for different reasons, and they're all equal in their ability to cast
their vote for whomever they choose. Even elected and caucus delegates
are not required to stay with whomever they are pledged to.

The strategy here seems completely mystifying. It's simply impossible to imagine that Clinton will get elected delegates to switch to her (the outcry would be enormous, obviously), and yet her campaign is intent on pushing the idea (Harold Ickes said something similar last week). All this ensures is that the media will run a lot stories about a dirty campaign intent on stealing the election. Given that the Clintonites are going to need some good will in July (if in fact they want to garner a delegate majority through superdelegates), the logic of this ploy eludes me.

--Isaac Chotiner 

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