I don’t want to call Hillary Clinton a bitch, but…

by twit by twit

sometimes it’s the little things that say so much. For example, if you promise to stay away from Florida because the state was naughty and moved its primary ahead without the blessing of the DNC…

From The New York Times on Jan 27 2008:

“Although Senator Obama did not remove his name from the Florida primary ballot because Florida law did not allow him to do so, Senator Obama is firm in his commitment to neither participate nor campaign in the Florida primary and its outcome has no bearing on the nomination contest,” Mr. Obama’s campaign said in a memorandum sent to “interested parties.”

yes, yes, of course…

Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to fly here on Sunday for two fund-raisers. Although the events are not open to the press or public — her aides said she would attend no public event that would result in her breaking her word — her arrival here the day after the South Carolina vote seems likely to produce coverage on Florida television stations and newspapers on the day before the vote. On Friday, her campaign issued a statement saying that she would urge her delegates at the Democratic convention this summer to seat the Florida delegation.

yes, yes, of course…

From The Associated Press on Jan 27 2008:

Though the Democratic presidential candidates largely have heeded the national party’s request that they not campaign publicly in Florida, Clinton said it’s time to pay attention to voters there who are showing heavy interest in Tuesday’s primary.

Change the rules at the last minute, parse the meaning of a clear statement until it is meaningless and be ready to justify the appearance of impropriety with a vague populist appeal. What a lovely combination for someone campaigning to lead the free world. I continue to search for exactly what it is about Hillary Clinton’s campaign that makes so many people recoil with a visceral and near-instinctive negative reaction. Maybe it is the little stories like these that have added up over time and feed the inexplicably amorphous sense of misgiving and distrust.

UPDATE: From The Associated Press on Jan 28, 2008:

Like her rivals, Clinton has agreed to a pledge imposed by national party leaders not to publicly campaign in the state. But after South Carolina, Clinton was skating up against the edge of that agreement and trying to lend some credibility to the outcome Tuesday.

She arrived in Florida on Sunday for two events – both closed fundraisers, in keeping with the pledge not to campaign. She clearly winked at that pledge with her arrival, joking about the warm weather and positioning herself so photographers had a palm tree for a backdrop.

um, since when is attending events to raise money for a campaign not campaigning?

UPDATE: Fine, you know what, she’s not a bitch, she’s just a liar. she does it in a bitchy way, but really, it is the appearance of her dedication to the constituency of the moment that really helps make it impossible to take what she says at a face value other than “total bullshit.”

From McClatchy on Jan 27 2008:

Hillary Clinton arrived at Lucky Strike Lanes on Miami Beach for a fundraiser Sunday night greeted by a smiling Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who told a throng of reporters he was “thrilled to be here to endorse Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.”

A crowd that had gathered across the street applauded.

UPDATE: From The Associated Press on Jan 29, 2008, a reminder that the issue of whether or not to seat these delegates may become the nomination endgame:

All the Democratic candidates agreed in advance not to campaign in the state. Clinton, who was routed in the South Carolina primary last weekend, repeatedly sought to draw attention to an event she expected to win. Without success, she challenged her rivals to agree to heed the results of the Florida contest – and of the Jan. 15 primary she won in Michigan, which was also stripped of its delegate for leapfrogging ahead – when it comes time to seat delegates at next summer’s Democratic National Convention.

I am curious about whether Clinton, Inc. can succeed in having it both ways, and whether they can ‘fool the right ones and get the rest to fall in line.’ I wonder whether our democratic process will tolerate two faces from one candidate, one agreeing that Florida and Michigan were mavericks and threatened to harm the integrity of the nomination process, and the other pleading for their destructive behavior to be rewarded. I find it hard to imagine that the American people will tolerate a candidate so willing to turn on democratic ideals for blatant personal and political gain. I find it more likely that this kind of thing filters down into that vague sense that Hillary is Too Perfect(tm), that the contradictions within her campaign promises are the product of developing a campaign based on What You Want To Hear(tm), which then creates the uncomfortable static that so many people encounter when they try to imagine her as President. The current President is a fine example of what happens when someone ‘too good to be true’ gets elected…

UPDATE: No public campaigns, right. I believe you, really.

From MSNBC on Jan 29, 2008:

The New York senator, fresh off her lopsided loss to Obama in last weekend’s South Carolina primary, arranged a rally in the state as the polls were closing, an evident attempt to gain campaign momentum.

UPDATE: From Wonkette, with a yes, yes, of course:

Take it away Howard Wolfson, Hillary’s communications director speaking today:

We don’t envision a circumstance in which the Democratic National Convention doesn’t seat delegates from Michigan and Florida…

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