Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hillary the Hypocrite*

As if I needed to say anything more after this past weeks shenanigans by the Clinton Machine in South Carolina, but NVB is quoting the New Hampshire Union-Leader on Clinton's betrayal of a pledge she signed not to participate in the Michigan or Florida primaries... Well as can be seen tonight, Clinton is not only in Florida celebrating her pyrrhic victory but was there this past weekend campaigning.

"I will try to persuade my delegates to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida," she declared before arriving in Florida. "Democrats have to win Michigan and have to try to win Florida and I intend to do that. The people of Florida deserve to be represented in the process of picking a candidate for president of the United States."

That may sound like a high-minded embrace of democracy -- or at least realism regarding the fall campaign -- but it's really nothing more than the latest political gambit from a Clinton campaign that is developing a reputation for playing fast and loose with the rules. Having "secured" Michigan, Clinton is now playing her Florida card. If she wins big in the Sunshine state and then succeeds in qualifying delegations from Michigan and Florida for the convention, the senator will get the bulk of the close to 350 delegates from the two states. That's more than Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina combined will send to the convention.

No wonder Hillary Clinton is laughing all the way to the Florida primary.

Her arrival is Sarasota was timed so that she could be photographed with palm trees behind her. "It is a perfect day here in Florida," declared a bemused candidate who officially was not campaigning in Florida as she posed for the classic Florida campaign photo.

Not suprising though also when you look at the exit polls the determining factor for Clinton was the overwhelming elderly vote which is the overwhelming make up of the population of Florida. Mr. Warthen has an interesting take on the Clinton 'victory' in Florida.

*This is a link heavy post... check them all out though they're worth it.

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