This is what happens when “trial lawyers” are your most important donor group.
(what also happens is you play politics with basic national security and don’t renew FISA, Ms. Pelosi)
With Hillary falling in the polls, a delegate comeback looking increasingly unlikely, and Putin bashing your candidacy (restoring America’s reputation, one tyrant at a time!), it appears as though the Clinton machine might have to resort to the nuclear option.
You might remember this option for its use during the 2000 and 2004 Presidential election. Remember those? In 2000 Gore and his team of lawyers demanded a recount in violation of Florida election rules (incidentally, the recount showed Bush won) while arguing against a recount in any of the close states Gore won.
In 2004, Democrats hoped to replay 2000 (with a different outcome, obviously) in Ohio. Kerry ended up losing by over 100,000 votes.
Now, with the New England Patriots of candidates, the inevitable, unbeatable, wife-of-Bill, on the ropes, it looks like she just might sick the dogs on her own party.
And we can’t help but enjoy a bit of schadenfreude. Ah, schadenfreude. (and dramatic irony)
Michigan and Florida violated Democratic party rules by moving their primaries up. The DNC de-certified their elections and the candidates agreed not to campaign in either place–Edwards and Obama didn’t even have their names on the ballot. Well, now we’re hearing the same rhetoric we did in 2000 and 2004–“everyone’s vote should count!”
Eventually, the Clinton’s are going to want this one to be played out in court and Obama will be put in the uncomfortable position of having to argue in favor of election rules and against allowing “everyone’s vote [to] count(!).”
And if you don’t think that will tear up the Democratic party, well, you haven’t paid any attention to the Clinton’s scorched earth tactics. Hillary, whatever else anyone says about her, is a win-at-all-costs type of candidate–even against someone in her own party. You wont see any of the grace we’ve seen from Republican candidates. Nope, and it’s going to be fantastic.
In case anyone wondered what might happen if Clinton did become president, you need look no further than the state of her campaign team. People are quitting. They’re attacking each other. They’re playing the blame game. Her campaign is in complete disarray. Where is Hillary, the voice of calm and reason?
No doubt our friends in the hope/change camp (aka Obama backers) are happy the way things have turned out. But what will you do if Hillary tries to steal the election in the courts? Meanwhile, our Democratic establishment friends (aka Clinton/’90’s nostalgists) can’t be pleased.
In any event, both groups better hope this thing gets settled quickly. And with less mess than appears will be the case. Else a Democrat in the White House will be a lot less inevitable than everyone thought.
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