If I Ran Hillary's Campaign . . .
By Big Tent Democrat
Speaking for me only
I would immediately renounce Harold Ickes' statement on the popular vote and endorse Tweety's proposals on MI/FL revotes and the popular vote:
Both candidates agree to full revotes in Michigan and Florida and both candidates agree that the winner of the national popular vote will be the nominee of the Democratic Party.
For this nomination to mean anything for either candidate, the nominee must be perceived to have won fair and square. I know Obama supporters scream that Clinton supporters are being outrageous and vice versa, but either candidate will need the supporters of the opponent. Clinton, imo, can not win without a "will of the people" argument, and the pledged delegate count will not be that. It must be the popular vote. More . .
Jay Cost and Michael Barone have made it fashionable in the Establishment Media to discuss Hillary winning the popular vote. And the Media (other than NBC of course) also seem to accept that this is a fair metric for arguing that Clinton should be the nominee.
This is Clinton's best shot. It so happens that it is also the Democratic Party's best shot. I understand that Barack Obama will not want to sacrifice even one percent of his chances to gain the nomination - but he should consider the bigger picture. What good is securing the nomination if your chances of winning are dramatically reduced by how you won it? The same holds for Clinton.
This makes sense for everyone, especially the Democratic Party. But it makes the MOST sense for Hillary Clinton. She captures the absolute high ground if she argues for counting all the votes and making the votes the metric for who will be the nominee. She should do this. In my opinion, she MUST do this.
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