Monday, June 2, 2008

Her Rightful Appointment

While most reports suggest that the Clinton campaign is at least feinting at wrapping up, mixed signals abound. (They do like their drama.) This report on a conference call earlier today says that they're still threatening to go to Denver. None of which is shocking or even interesting anymore. What is interesting to me is a letter that Clinton's Illinois finance chair is circulating which promises to fight through August (courtesy of Ben Smith at Politico): 
We, the Illinois Finance Committee, want to show our full commitment to and support for Senator Hillary Clinton, in the fight for her rightful appointment as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee at the convention this August. [emphasis mine]

We believe she is, by far, the best candidate of the three, and the candidate most able to turn the ailing economy around, solve the housing crisis, end the war in Iraq and defeat the terrorists in Afghanistan, bring universal healthcare to our citizens, and finally make our country energy independent.

We also know she is the Democratic candidate best able to beat John McCain in the fall. One thing we are certain of is that the Republicans are good at winning elections. We, as Democrats, allowed them to win the last two contests, and we cannot afford to let that happen again.

Senator Clinton is ahead in the popular vote, and neither candidate can secure the nomination with pledged delegates alone. The automatic delegates can change their mind up until their vote at the convention, and that is why this nominating process must be resolved in August, and no earlier.

We Democrats will be united after our nomination process is completed, but only if that process is completed justly and in fair representation of the opinions of the members of our party. We believe nominating Hillary Clinton is the only way our party can guarantee victory in November.
If you click on the link, you'll see Smith focuses on the "August, and no earlier" sentence. But we've been hearing that type of thing for a while now. What's more striking to me is the continued arrogance which comes across most glaringly in the section I highlighted. The sense of entitlement is so thorough that even now it continues. It's rank arrogance, and is being deservedly punished by primary voters. I'll be glad these people aren't in the White House.

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