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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

"One of the worst political meetings I have ever attended"

. . .that was the comment from one of the California superdelegates who met privately with Bill Clinton at last weekend's state convention there. Clinton went into a meltdown after a former Richardson delegate, who now supports Hillary, told Bill how "sorry" she was to have heard former Clinton campaign manager James Carville call Richardson a "Judas" for backing Obama.

The term being used is "as if someone pulled the pin from a hand grenade". . .

The former president became red-faced and angry, and stated "Five times to my face (Richardson) said that he would never do that". He continued on to bemoan the media's coverage of Hillary's campaign and even questioned the fairness of the votes in state caucuses, which have overwhelmingly gone to Obama. Clinton ended by asking delegates to imagine their reaction if Obama was trailing by just a few points and people were telling him to drop out.

When he finally wound down, Clinton was asked what message he wanted the delegates to take away from the meeting; it was a message of party unity.

"It was kind of strange later when he took the stage and told everyone to 'chill out,' " said one delegate. "We couldn't help but think he was also talking to himself."

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Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Our election process sucks! I know, it's a lot better some some places, but come on. In today's society, what's wrong with just a popular vote!!!???

I have never heard of such a tangled web of voting practices before this nomination process. Super Delegates? New to me.

When will this country wise up and revise the voting laws??? I mean, we can't even have the same type of voting machines in every state!!!

It's more crazy that I even thought it was. Makes me feel like my vote doesn't quite count as much. And by the way, how does one become a Super Delegate?

If the laws were updated, maybe this kind of situation wouldn't come along every 20 years or so.

title="comment permalink">April 02, 2008 11:36 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

In the early stages of this country, the electoral college was useful in making sure the larger states didn't hold sway over the presidential elections. Today's voters are a lot more sophisticated than voters in the past. We all have ways of knowing what the issues are and how they can and do affect each of us on a personal level. It is time to go to a popular vote. I also believe we need to have uniform NON-COMPUTERIZED voting machines around the country - and each should provide a paper ballot. Since elections began, there have been four times when the candidate who won the popular vote did not win the presidency. The latest of course was Al Gore in 2000. The first was Andrew Jackson. Jackson, who had the most votes, tied with John Quincy Adams in electoral college votes. The race went to the House of Representatives who chose Adams over Jackson. Interestingly enough, the way this next election is shaping up could lead to a 269 to 269 tie in electoral college votes. Of course, if it went to the House of Representative this time, the Democrat would get the nod because they hold the majority in Congress.

title="comment permalink">April 03, 2008 11:27 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Of course, if it went to the House of Representative this time, the Democrat would get the nod because they hold the majority in Congress.


title="comment permalink">April 03, 2008 10:15 PM  

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