Last Updated: Wed. 21 May 2008.
As a Floridan, I'm thankful Hillary is "fighting for Florida's votes," but I think all the talk about Florida & Michigan is a DISTRACTION. Instead, if she ran a good campaign, she'd pick up the uncommitted superdelegates: In the process, Fla & MI would still be represented.
Also, if she wants to do well with working class folk in the remaining rural states, she might wanna "tighten up" on two issues:
#1 Country folk like their gun rights. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws can have guns. In Utah, for example, it's legal for students & staff to “carry” on campus, and guess what? There have been no shootings at Utah colleges. I wonder why!
"Utah students hide guns, head to class"
"Utah only state to allow guns at college"
#2 While Hillary's health care policy isn’t as much tax-and-spend as Obama's, let's face it: Just about ALL politicians including George W. Bush are tax-and-spend liberals -especially Bush, with his prescription plan for seniors -a pork barrel boondoggle!
THE CASE FOR HILLARY
(A) Mrs. Clinton is very close (some polls put her ahead) in popular vote -for both primary -and even general election matchup against John McCain:
GENERAL ELECTION NUMBERS:
May 16 - UPDATE:
Late Wednesday, it was learned that West Virginia returns put Sen. Hillary Clinton ahead on the total popular vote in the Democratic Primary, as reported by ABC News -
* CLINTON - 16,691,639
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/politics (Page visited on Fri. 16 May 2008.)
May 21 - UPDATE:
This morning, The Register got updates on Oregon and Kentucky: Clinton's lead in the popular vote increased to almost 5-fold, climbing from 43,579 to 205,492. Neither candidate has enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination -
* CLINTON - 17,372,160
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/politics (Page visited on Wed. 21 May 2008.)
(B) The greater electability of Hillary (Rush Limbaugh was wrong here, folks) is clearly shown by the most updated polls show one thing: Claims that Hillary Clinton is "more electable" in a general election apparently have merit - It appears she indeed is more able to beat Sen. John McCain than Obama.
(C) We know Sen. Clinton has far more experience than Sen. Obama. (She has been a senator longer and has had hands-on experience in the Whitehouse.)
(D) Hillary is more in touch with American voters on the issues (isn't that all that really matters?), but (see above) even she has room for improvement.
I'm not prejudiced because Obama's Black -in fact, I suggest that Hillary ask one of the following to be a running mate:
* Ambassador Alan Keys
All 3 are men of integrity -and very qualified too. (Plus, all 3 are "minorities," who can offer diverse viewpoints.)
* Lastly: A History Lesson *
The superdelegate process was created when it was known that the candidate with the most pledged delegates might not be the best candidate in the general election (such as Jimmy Carter).
Since the best candidate -or the one with the most popular vote -sometimes doesn't get enough delegates to win the primary, "superdelegates" who could vote their conscience, were added as a corrective factor.
Accordingly, at present, most Superdelegates are still uncommitted. Thus, calls for Hillary to "bow out" are inappropriate.
The "system" seems to be working -so far -so, people and press should chill out & let it work.
I plan to write in Dr. Ron Paul for this election, but if Hillary or McCain pick a "qualified" Vice Presidential running mate (hint, hint), and/or make some "course corrections" on important issues, I may change my mind -and vote for him (or her).
This is my view. Do you agree?
Last Updated: Wed. 21 May 2008.
So, if those rumours are not correct -and they aren't at fault, then "who did it?"
Well, it looks like Michigan did the same thing as Florida, so let's just concentrate on Florida, to make things simple, OK?
Florida's Legislature (that is, the lawmakers in the state house & senate) passed -by overwhelming majorities of both Democrats and Republicans in both houses -House Bill 537, which moved the date of the state's primary to January 29th, a week before the Democratic National Committee (DNC) rules permit: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=35049
The earliest allowed date under DNC rules is February the 05th, 2008, aka "Super Tuesday," but Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist signed this bill into law. Apparently, the lawmakers' intent was to have a greater influence on the primary; they wanted to "make a splash" in the news media with their early primary.
Well, they did, but not in the way they wanted: They got penalised by both the Democratic and Republican parties -the former stripping all Florida's delegates, and the latter stripping half our delegates.
The Florida House, on May 03, 2008, passed this bill 118-0, and the Senate passed its version by a 37-2 margin on April 27, 2008, with almost all lawmakers of both parties voting in favour of the moving up of the primary dates. (TRANSLATION: There were *very* many stupid lawmakers in both Democratic and Republican parties.)
Although both The Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida have a lot of members who are also lawmakers, the parties themselves were *not* at fault here -and neither were voters -and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was not at fault either. So, in conclusion, to those Democrat voters who want to "count Florida's votes," let me suggest this: If you persist in annoying the DNC, you might "win the battle, but lose the war" -you might cut off your nose to spite your face.
If you really want to help Sen. Hillary Rodham-Clinton get the nomination, I would suggest this:
Be polite and humble: Admit to the DNC that your elected leaders were inbred Florida morons who wanted to grease up yet another election in "we can't count the votes" Florida. Then, rather than asking that Florida's delegates be seated, instead respectfully ask the remaining undecided "Superdelegates" to review Sen. Clinton's candidacy on the merits (see above), and, in doing so, Florida' and Michigan's delegates would get meaningful representation.
Remember: Humility before greatness -and pride before a fall. All you democrats do not have to follow my recommendations, but if you don't, polls suggest Sen. Obama gets trounced in the general election. With all due respect for Sen. Obama, I think Hillary Clinton is the more qualified, more experienced candidate, and here is common ground on which conservative Republicans (like me) and pro-Hillary democrats (like you) can agree.
This is my view. Do you agree?
Gordon Wayne Watts, LAKELAND, Fla, USA
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