THE PLANK FEBRUARY 18, 2008
You know, for a candidate who says she'll be ready on day one as president, her campaign is remarkably ill-prepared. From today's WaPo:
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are worried that convoluted delegate rules in Texas
could water down the impact of strong support for her among Hispanic
voters there, creating a new obstacle for her in the must-win
presidential primary contest.
Several top Clinton strategists and fundraisers became alarmed after
learning of the state's unusual provisions during a closed-door
strategy meeting this month, according to one person who attended.
What Clinton aides discovered is that in certain targeted districts,
such as Democratic state Sen. Juan Hinojosa's heavily Hispanic Senate
district in the Rio Grande Valley,
Clinton could win an overwhelming majority of votes but gain only a
small edge in delegates. At the same time, a win in the more urban
districts in Dallas and Houston -- where Sen. Barack Obama expects to receive significant support -- could yield three or four times as many delegates.
"What it means is, she could win the popular vote and still lose the
race for delegates," Hinojosa said yesterday. "This system does not
necessarily represent the opinions of the population, and that is a
serious problem." [Emphasis added.]
So let me get this straight: The Clinton campaign basically decided to bank almost everything on Texas (along with Ohio), without botheing to do due diligence on the delegate apportoinment procedures there? If she does wind up winning the White House, who's the lucky aide who gets to troop into the Oval Office and deliver the shocking news to her that we've got troops in Iraq.