Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Florida and Michigan

Even though Obama will win the Democratic nomination, he won't win by much. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton's attempt to count delegates from Florida and Michigan is clearly a non-starter. I'm guessing that's just a strategy.

What would be fairest would be to run the primaries in Florida and Michigan again, on the grounds that the race is too close to give a clear mandate, so every state's Democrats should have their say, while also recognizing that the primaries that already happened were invalidated for a good reason. I don't know how hard it is to have a snap primary, though, logistically speaking.

It would be unfortunate to have the nominee with such a scant majority of the support of Democratic voters, but that is not at all something one can blame Hillary Clinton. She has many faults and weaknesses as a candidate, but the West Virginia results clearly show that a significant number of voters want her.



Blogger Rich said...

Clinton won in a state that is 96% white, ranked dead last in terms of resident education, and one her opponent barely campaigned in. And her victory there is supposed to mean what?

May 14, 2008 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Ketan said...

Last I checked, white illiterates are still allowed to vote. It means exactly what it means: a significant number of people prefer Hillary Clinton.

May 14, 2008 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

David Duke has a following from a "significant" number of people as well, does that mean he should run?

This country is just more than "white illiterates". West Virginia is about the lousiest representation of America one could have come up with.

May 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Ketan said...

I knew you didn't like Hillary, but equating her to David Duke? Wow.

David Duke can do whatever he want. Do you honestly think he can win Texas, California, Pennsylvania, and 13 other states like Hillary Clinton did?

West Virginia may be a lousy representation of America, but so are Iowa and New Hampshire. Are you saying only Ohio and Missouri should count?

May 14, 2008 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

I know you're smart enough to be able to separate an example from a statement of equivalence.

My point is you chose a very lousy example to show why she should stay in the race. PA or CA would have worked much better.

May 15, 2008 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Ketan said...

Sweet. I'm getting patronized on my own blog. Hooray for comments. Your David Duke example is completely unilluminating. It baffled me, really, but I thought I would assume it was an earnest, considered choice. My bad.

PA and CA are old news. Her victory in WV shows that her support is still strong enough in some states to withstand Obama's momentum and near lock on the nomination. I don't see how you can justify asserting that a whole state is irrelevant.

May 15, 2008 at 4:55 PM  

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