This Post Originally Appeared on February 18, 2008 at www.xanga.com/rumpusgoopus
I had a very long spiel prepared today in response to yet another last-ditch mud-slinging effort from the Clinton campaign on Obama’s “plagiarism,” which, since the person he plagiarized essentially is a writer for him, isn’t plagiarism at all (not to mention Obama’s two books and the entirety of almost all of his speeches except the few lines Clinton points to were penned by Obama)…
Okay, that just devolved into the rant, albeit the very short version.
Anyway, the charge is so absurd, and so common of the Clinton campaign that even bothering to write a whole post about it is just repetitive and unnecessary. Instead, I shall link to a story that shows the media finally picking up on the sentiments of most people who don’t want to see a Republican as President in the next term.
Sadly, it’s only a CNN.com Ticker Post: Cafferty: Clinton allies question reliance on superdelegates
Now, it’s clear I’m an Obama supporter. However, if Clinton does get the most pledged delegates by the end of the campaign, I’m willing to accept her as the Democratic nominee. I find it incredibly misguided and foolish to vote her as the nominee, but I am very much convinced that if the superdelegates overturn the will of the voters, many, many people will become disenfranchised, and McCain will surely win.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe Obama can win the election should he lose the pledged delegates and the superdelegates overturn, but I couldn’t help but agree that it would be unfair for him to get the nomination. And also don’t get me wrong on this, I really, really, really don’t want to vote for Clinton in the general election.
Should she legitimately win the nomination (and if MI and FL are allowed to change the outcome, it’s anything but legitimate), I might still vote for her. I would hate it, but there’s a possibility (but what does this say about independent voters? Not good for Clinton). If she won it with superdelegates overturning the will of the people, I can’t say that I will. And believe me, Clinton argues that given time she can persuade me, well, I’m anything but persuaded now.
That said, it’s looking like Obama just might wrap up the pledged delegates, as he should. The question is whether the superdelegates are dumb enough to destroy their chances in the election by overturning the outcome. I’ve seen Democrats do very stupid things politically, but I don’t think they’d make a mistake such as this.