It started about a month ago. After the creeping onset of panic infected the Hillary campaign and supporters. Slowly losing both the pledged delegate vote, popular vote, and the super delegate vote…some began making outlandish claims of mythological primary where Hillary is in fact winning.
The first time I started hearing this argument fully was with Sean Wiltz’ article in Salon called, “Why Hillary Should Be Winning” (which annoyed me enough to send a response into Salon, later selected among “editor’s choice” woot).
Here is the basic argument, instead of accepting the primary rules as they are, there is extra emphasis on what would put Hillary ahead while devaluing votes for Obama. Which would be great but it is not how anyone counts the votes, not the party, not the press, not anyone except the Hillary campaign. Read my letter to Salon for more details.
But now the ravings have infected the actual campaign, where they are preaching new numbers that put her ahead. Let’s accept all of the premises of that the campaign makes…do we want any result that is because of “creative thinking”?
Democrats have been angry over the past eight years about the razor thin upset that put Bush into power in 2000. Do Democrats really want to end up with the same bitterness within the party? If Hillary wins wouldn’t she want to win by the rules that exist? Does she really want a large fraction of the democratic party to think that she hijacked the election? Or do we want to have Obama winning while people question the authenticity of his win?
My opinion is this, she should play the election as the DNC has established. As being part of the party, running under the Democrat name, she has accepted the rules of the game. Reform of the Democratic primary system should not be done mid-race in order to win. If you are losing an election, trying to “argue” your way to the top shouldn’t be the answer. It’s a dishonest way of going about the campaign and will only hurt whoever is chosen in ’08. If she wants to run till the end that’s her choice, but this isn’t the way of doing it.