Wednesday, February 20, 2008

 

This is 35 years of Experience?

In the aftermath of yesterday’s votes in Wisconsin and Hawaii, things ain’t looking good for the former First Lady…and from what has been reported, gross incompetence at the campaign management level goes a long way toward explaining her problems. Her campaign manager resigned on February 10 and, in typical Democratic Party fashion, the worry was about the effect of a high-profile Hispanic being forced out of the campaign. Instead the worry should have been “why wasn’t it done much earlier”:

Hillary Conceding 10 or 11 of Pennsylvania's 103 Delegates

…in which Senator Clinton’s campaign somehow doesn’t have a full slate of delegates on the ballot for the April 22nd primary. But fortunately, as the Philadelphia Daily News piece linked to by NRO explains:

“But Clinton's faux pas is more of an image problem than a practical one.

“Under Democratic Party rules (and does any organization on the planet have more rules or more complex rules?) a presidential candidate winning in a congressional district gets delegates from that district (assigned at a later date) whether he or she files slates delegates or not.”

More ominous was this: System Worries Clinton Backers

“Several top Clinton strategists and fundraisers became alarmed after learning of the state's unusual provisions during a closed-door strategy meeting this month, according to one person who attended.


"What it means is, she could win the popular vote and still lose the race for delegates," Hinojosa said yesterday. "This system does not necessarily represent the opinions of the population, and that is a serious problem."

“The disparity in delegate distribution is just one of the unusual aspects of Texas's complex system for apportioning delegates. The scheme has been in use for two decades…”

A system that’s been in place for two decades is only now being understood by the Clinton campaign?

If being a wonk is supposedly one of your strongest attributes, well, then, be a wonk.

Comments:
I am prejudiced against militantly, aggressively stupid people which means I am a walking hate crime felon against Hillary's administrative inner circle. She's been through how many elections? Not like she's running for House of Delegates for North Bethesda or Pikesville at age 24 here.

The gaffes and mistakes are worse than you have outlined. Team Obama has been diligent in punishing Team Clinton for its failure to, well, try to WIN! Conceding caucus states, conceding small states, conceding territory where she should have dominated over Obama (e.g. rural Nevada and exurban Nevada.)

This may be part of the blowback from the infamous prior Clintonian triangulation and radical selfishness: you lose contact with the institutional memory that handles things like party rules in the country's second largest state.

I am waiting for the YouTube that mashes Team Hillary with the infamous Thanksgiving Day episode with WKRP's Arthur Carlson and Les Nessman, "As God is my witness, I thought Texas was mine."
 
that would be a funny YouTube...
 
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