All the Clinton hacks who’ve been harping on about how an election where only one candidate was on the ballot and that even Clinton said “is not going to count for anything” is totally valid, and how another one where no candidate was allowed to campaign and everyone voting did so with the understanding that it would be purely symbolic needs to be treated as if it were legitimate, can shut up now: the Rules & Bylaws committee has ruled.
The less contentious ruling is theirs on Florida, where they voted 27-0 to seat the full delegation with half a vote each. Given as this was originally proposed by Obama surrogate and noted coke & whore fiend Robert Wexler, and that even Harold Ickes voted in favor, it’s safe to say that this’ll stand. Clinton nets 19 delegates from this, which may be reduced if the 6.5 Edwards delegates break to Obama. In Michigan, the state party’s plan for a 69-59 delegates split – based on exit polling, according to party chair Mark Brewer – was passed in a watered-down form, with each of those delegates, including superdelegate, getting half a vote, as in Florida. This passed comfortably, 19-8. Combined, this means Clinton nets at most 24 delegates, and Harold Ickes is positively irate, saying it constitutes a hijacking by Obama of 4 delegates. He’s already threatened to go to the credentials committee, and thus the convention, on the issue. I doubt he actually will (by that point, Obama will probably have enough delegates from South Dakota, Montana, and Puerto Rico and superdelegates to reach whatever magic number the Clintons want), but regardless, I’m with Matt: it would be easier to just seat the delegates at half strength and allocate all non-Clinton delegates to Obama, if that would ensure the Clintons would just shut up already. Yes, it’s unreasonable, and yes, Obama’s already conceded more than he should in a just world, but the priority now is getting Clinton to see the light and drop out, not promoting justice.
Meanwhile, stay classy, Clintonistas:
Howard Dean may hope that the “healing will begin today,” but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting right now to try to figure out Florida and Michigan, the Hillary protesters are occupying an utterly alternate (and healing-free) universe: a universe in which one of the big lawn rally’s speakers yells that the Democratic Party no longer is in the business of “promoting equality and fairness for all”; in which a Hillary supporter with two poodles shouts, “Howard Dean is a leftist freak!”; in which a man exhibits a sign that reads “At least slaves were counted as 3/5ths a Citizen” and shows Dean whipping handcuffed people; and in which Larry Sinclair, the Minnesota man who took to YouTube to allege that Barack Obama had oral sex with him in the back of a limousine in 1999, is one of the belles of the ball.
“They almost made me cry this morning when they told me to get out of there,” the blond Sinclair–who’s looking roly-poly and giddy in a blue-and-white striped shirt with a pack of Marlboros protruding from the breast pocket–says, referring to several nervous protest organizers who tried to evict him when he first showed up at the rally site early this morning carrying a box of “Obama’s DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: Murder, Drugs, Gay Sex” fliers. Since then, though, he goes on, “I have been totally surprised by the reception I have received!”
He’s not kidding. Clusters of people in Hillary shirts ask to take their photo with him, one woman covered in Clinton buttons introduces him to Greta Van Susteren, and he estimates he has handed out 500 fliers. “You could improve your credibility if you downplayed the gay sex and focused on the drugs,” sagely advises one Hillary supporter with auburn hair and elegant makeup. But in this universe, Sinclair’s credibility doesn’t seem to be suffering too much. In fact, he’s treated nearly as well as he might be at a meeting of the Vast Right-wing Conspiracy.
Lovely. I actually first heard about this idiot from Dan Savage back in January, and Dan, as he always does, has the final word on it: “If Obama were a fag—and he doesn’t set off my gaydar—he could do a hell of a lot better than this toothless, pasty-faced, scraggly-faced, presumably-bald sack-o-shit.” Indeed.