(the following quotes are taken from http://thepage.time.com/...
...and Mark Penn marginalizes Alabama
"Mark Penn Minimized Obama Wins In Red States. "Sen. Obama, in contrast, won with large margins in Alabama and Georgia, two states that have been in the Republican column in the last two elections" [Mark Penn memo, 2/6/08]
...and red states don’t count (and Alabama is considered a red state)
Clinton Supporter Calls Red State Democrats Second Class. "‘Superdelegates are not second-class delegates,’ says Joel Ferguson, who will be a superdelegate if Michigan is seated. ‘The real second-class delegates are the delegates that are picked in red-state caucuses that are never going to vote Democratic.’" [Politico, 2/18/2008]"
...and Hillary dismisses Mississippi (next door to Alabama)
"In October, Senator Hillary Clinton told the Des Moines Register newspaper that "I was shocked when I learned Iowa and Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress. There has got to be something at work here...when you look at the numbers, how can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That’s not what I see. That’s not the quality. That’s not the communitarianism. That’s not the openness I see in Iowa."
Mayor of Hattiesburg Johnny DuPree added, ""It’s that kind of dismissive attitude towards the south that has lead Democrats, Independents and Republicans in the south who are opposed to the Iraq war, or who agree that we should cut taxes for working families, to feel unwelcome in the Democratic Party. The last thing Mississippi Democrats need is to be told that once again, our state won’t matter in a general election. Mississippi is the next primary, and she owes voters here an explanation for her comments."
Then it seems that the Clinton folks would infer that middle Pennsylvania is insignificant, shouldn’t count and shouldn’t matter...
So, why the support for her there? Is it that small parts of big states matter, but small states don't?
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