The People and the Powerful

Ignoring well wishes who urge him to name Hillary as his Vice President, Barack Obama faces a fight that keeps going…

Clinton launches new Fla., Mich. offensives – Kenneth P. Vogel – Politico.com
The new Florida and Michigan offensive will kick off in earnest today with three campaign events in South Florida – though she’ll have to share the state with Obama, who begins a three-day campaign swing there – and will likely also include campaigning in Michigan. That’s in addition to an already circulating online petition and escalating campaign rhetoric casting Clinton as best-positioned to carry the two important big states in the fall against presumptive Republican nominee John McCain – partly because of her fight against disenfranchising Democrats there.

In an intentional bit of symbolism, Clinton’s three campaign stops will be in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties – the three jurisdictions where Democrats allege voters were disenfranchised during the 2000 presidential election.

Clinton campaign officials acknowledge the target audience for the offensive is not only voters but the superdelegates who will ultimately decide the nomination as voters and the party officials who will meet May 31 to effectively rule on the fate of the Florida and Michigan delegations.

Rumors of Hillary R. Clinton taking her fight to the convention are reasonable, considering that she is ahead in the popular vote. Obama proponents argue that this is true only if you include all 50 states, because Obama instructed Michigan to remove his name from the ballot. He did this because (a) he knew he would lose and (b) he trusted Howard Dean of the Democratic National Committee as a better fixer than Mark Brewer of the Michigan Democratic Party. This is true, but irrelevant: Obama’s reasons speak to his wisdom as a political strategist, but don’t negative the fact that Obama lost Michigan, as he knew he would.

Of course, as a supporter of George W. Bush, I see nothing wrong with the loser of the popular vote winning the contest.

In many ways, an Obama presidency is as close to Bush’s third term as we are likely to get.

4 thoughts on “The People and the Powerful”

  1. Hillary being ahead in the popular vote requires some rather optimistic math involving Michigan and Florida delegates.

    That aside, she, as Purp celebrates, is doing a decent job at giving John McCain plenty of time to prepare for Obama. Good times.

  2. Jay,

    Hillary’s behind in delegates, even if Michigan and Florida’s proposed slates are accepted.

    I was talking about popular vote, either considering everyone who went to vote on their state’s election day, or even expanding it to people who caucused in party-managed affairs.

    In 2000, Bush won the Electoral Vote (which can be thought of as presidential delegates), though Gore was in the lead in popular vote.

    purpleslog,

    I wonder if Obama will be daring enough to pick her as VP? It’s perhaps the only way she won’t try to sabotage him during the election… that work would begin the day after.

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