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Harold Ickes Catches Clinton-itis: Changes His Tune…

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Harold Ickes (former Deputy White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton) had this to say at the end of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting today, after the decision was made to seat all of Florida and Michigan’s delegates but allow them only a half vote each: “I am stunned that we have the gall and the chutzpah to substitute our judgment for 600,000 voters.”

Interesting words from Mr. Ickes, particularly given he voted in favour of stripping both Michigan and Florida of all their delegates back in August 2007. In fact, Mr. Ickes voted in favour of going beyond the 50% delegate penalty specified in the party’s rules. Of course, that was before Hillary Clinton (who, not coincidentally, Mr. Ickes supports as the Presidential nominee) desperately needed the delegates from both Florida and Michigan. Back in August, Mrs. Clinton was widely assumed to be the eventual Democratic nominee.

Mrs. Clinton, for her part, signed the Four State Pledge Letter in late August. Here’s a copy:

Four State Pledge Letter 2008
Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina
August 31, 2007

WHEREAS, Over a year ago, the Democratic National Committee established a
2008 nominating calendar;
WHEREAS, this calendar honors the racial, ethnic, economic and geographic
diversity of our party and our country;
WHEREAS, the DNC also honored the traditional role of retail politics early in the
nominating process, to insure that money alone will not determine our
presidential nominee;
WHEREAS, it is the desire of Presidential campaigns, the DNC, the states and
the American people to bring finality, predictability and common sense to the
nominating calendar.
THEREFORE, I _______________, Democratic Candidate for President, pledge
I shall not campaign or participate in any state which schedules a presidential
election primary or caucus before Feb. 5, 2008, except for the states of Iowa,
Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as “campaigning” is defined by
rules and regulations of the DNC.

Mrs. Clinton’s camp released this statement at the time:

“We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process. And we believe the DNC’s rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role. Thus, we will be signing the pledge to adhere to the DNC approved nominating calendar.”

In October, Mrs. Clinton had this to say:

“It’s clear, this election [Michigan is] having is not going to count for anything.”

What a difference a few months make…

Written by westcoastsuccess

May 31, 2008 at 6:55 pm

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  1. No one is stating the obvious: the Michigan primary wasn’t a primary. Obama wasn’t on the ballot and didn’t campaign there. Ickies is out of his mind to claim that the Michigan vote should be counted as it was cast – you just can’t throw together something that isn’t sanctioned and then claim it is a legit contest just because you need the outcome. Would he or Senator Clinton be this way if the situation were reversed and Obama was fighting for his political life? I think not.

    The Clintons are drowning in hypocracy and are destroying the Democratic chances in the fall for no rational reason. I hope the party elders step in and end the madness next week. By the way, there is no sexism here. I would be happy to support a woman for President. I don’t support Senator Clinton because she flat out voted for the war and won’t apologize for it. End of story.


    May 31, 2008 at 9:10 pm

  2. That’s a good point regarding the Michigan primary. Further, I’m not sure I’d consider 55% of the vote a victory when you’re the only candidate on the ballot!


    May 31, 2008 at 9:31 pm

  3. Yesterday DNC said to Floridians: you are only a half people. And today we respond to DNC: go to hell, we then chose McCain!


    June 1, 2008 at 5:04 am

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