In order to change our debate a little, and if possible away from Hoa Van Tran, I bring up Hillary Clinton’s remarks to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial board this week. What makes this whole thing disturbing is that it is pretty clear that Hillary wil not withdraw from the Presidential Primary until after the June 3rd contests.Ã‚Â It is also clear that she will not have enough delegates to get the nomination and that Barack Obama already has the majority of pledged delegates. Most realists have concluded that it is highly likely that Barack Obama will be the Democratic Party nominee for President this year.
I have no problem with the argument that we should let all of the states (and territories) have their voices heard. What I do not understand why she went where she did with her comments.
Responding to a question about calls for her to drop out of the race, she said: “My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing the idea of abandoning the race.
Clinton said she didn’t understand why, given this history, some Democrats were calling for her to quit. Within a couple hours of the South Dakota remarks drawing attention, Clinton decided to make a personal apology. “I was discussing the Democratic primary history and in the course of that discussion mentioned the campaigns of both my husband and Senator (Robert) Kennedy waged in California in June in 1992 and 1968 and I was referencing those to make the point that we have had nomination primary contests that go into June. That’s a historic fact,” she said. “The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last days because of Senator Kennedy,” she added, referring to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s recent diagnosis of a brain tumor. “I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever.Since I can’t comment better than what I have read from Kos at DailyKos, I will quote directly from his commentary today.While everyone was rightfully focused on her assassination analogy, she was also lying about 1992.What she said:
My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right?
- The 1992 primaries ended on June 2, 1992, a day earlier than this year. Several states, including California, had primaries that day. It was not mid-June.
- According to wikipedia: “Clinton effectively won the Democratic Party’s nomination after winning the New York Primary in early April.”
- Clinton’s chief rival was Paul Tsongas who dropped out of the race in mid-May, 1992.
- According to polls, Clinton led in every remaining state except California where Jerry Brown was polling well (his home state). Brown was not going to catch Clinton for the nomination in any scenario.
- From the May 11, 1992 New York Times: “Aides to Mr. Clinton say that in most of the remaining primaries he will ignore the former Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown Jr., and will try to give voters a clearer sense of his own personality and his positions on major issues, in preparation for a general election campaign against President Bush.”
Add one more bullet item to this list — in 1992, the first caucus, Iowa, took place February 10th, more than one month later than this year’s January 3rd caucuses. Five weeks, in fact.
If Clinton wants to argue that she wants all the votes to be counted, that is a defensible position, but she’s not Ã‚Â really interested in waiting for the votes to be counted. She’s hoping that she can scare or blackmail delegates into overruling the will of the electorate in all 50 states, DC, and the territories. Since the math has proved for months that she had already lost, arguing for all the contests to take place wouldn’t make sense. So, like she has done for most of the campaign, she has to create an alternate reality to fit her spin.
Hillary isn’t stupid. She knows all this. But it doesn’t matter. I don’t know about you guys, but after eight years of Bush rule, I’m sick and tired of politically expedient alternate realities.Ã‚Â
Sometimes, this politics thing just doesn’t make much sense.