February 20, 2008 8:49 AM
This morning brings the news that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, has launched a new website where they are announcing how they are officially preparing to make the case that the rules of the Democratic nomination process should be changed.
The Delegate Hub purports to give the "Facts and Myths about the Race for Delegates in the Democratic Nomination," but in its first paragraph states:
As more voters make their choice for the Democratic nomination, there is growing interest in the facts and myths about the race to reach 2208 delegate votes - the number required for a candidate to secure the nomination with Florida and Michigan included.
Um, with Florida and Michigan included?
Well, yeah. Here are the Five Facts you should know about the delegate race:
FACT: Neither candidate can secure the nomination without automatic delegates.
The Obama campaign is trying to shut down the Democratic race before the rest of the country votes. There are still many states and territories that have not voted with over 1000 delegates at stake. [more]
FACT: Automatic delegates are expected to exercise their best judgment in the interests of the nation and the Democratic Party.
The Obama campaign is claiming that automatic delegates must follow the lead of pledged delegates and switch their vote to Sen. Obama. [more]
FACT: Florida and Michigan should count, both in the interest of fundamental fairness and honoring the spirit of the Democrats' 50-state strategy. [OMG, did they seriously just reference the 50-state strategy?]
An important part of the debate over delegates is the role of Florida and Michigan. Hillary Clinton believes that the voices of 600,000 Michigan primary voters and 1.75 million Florida primary voters should be heard at the Democratic convention. [more]
FACT: There is a clear path to an overall delegate majority (pledged + automatic) for Hillary Clinton after all states have voted -- with or without Florida and Michigan.
Lord, is it a fact that Florida and Michigan should be included in the delegate race? And notice how they use their Orwellian "automatic delegates" instead of superdelegates. That hasn't caught on in the media, thank goodness.
They also state thate delegates are chosen through primaries "where millions votes" and caucuses where "thousands vote," as well as through superdelegates.
And here's their conclusion:
Contrary to the Obama campaign's claims that the race is over, all voters should have their say before a candidate declares victory and tries to circumvent the democratic process. The race is currently a virtual tie, with the campaigns now separated by a small handful of delegates, barely 1% of all the delegates to the Democratic Convention.
So, does this portend, as many think, that they plan on taking this fight all the way to the convention? Or is it (as I suspect) just a way of keeping her relevant for the next two weeks so that she doen't bleed donors and superdelegates?
Take the poll.