Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Trying to Avoid Clinton-Hatred

She-Spartacus is not giving up. Today's theme: liberating the abused voters of Michigan and Florida from the ravages of rule-bound elections:

Now, I know that Senator Obama chose to remove his name from the ballot in Michigan, and that was his right. But his choice does not negate the votes of all those who turned out to cast their ballots, and we should not let our process rob them and all of you of your voices.
Fine. Let's play that out and observe its effect on the delegate math*, shan't we?

Clinton carried Michigan by a resounding 55% over also-rans Gravel, Kucinich, and none of the above -- Obama was not on the ballot. Under the proportional delegate allocation scheme, this gives her 70 more delegates.

Clinton got 50% of the votes in Florida. Obama was on the ballot, although he followed the agreement not to campaign there, and received 33% of the votes. Under the proportional delegate allocation scheme, this translates to 93 delegates for Clinton and 61 for Obama.

Obama's existing total (1699.5) + 61 FL delegates + 0 MI delegates = 1760.5.

Clinton's existing total (1547.5) + 93 FL delegates + 70 MI delegates = 1710.5.

Even under this scheme**, which is extremely charitable to She-Spartacus, Clinton still trails Obama.

It's over, She-Spartacus. Nice try, but you lost and Obama won. Get over it and get behind the party's nominee. Understand you are not that nominee, no matter how many open racists you've indulged in Appalachia, no matter how many times you've tried to change the rules, and no matter how many campaign ads you've pre-recorded for the McCain campaign.

I am working hard to continue to see Hillary Clinton as supportive of the Democratic party. It should not be this difficult.


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* Delegate totals and calculations taken from the Slate delegate calculator.

** For what it's worth, John Cole has a more sensible proposal for resolving the Florida and Michigan delegations. It wouldn't rescue Clinton's failed campaign, so surely she's against it.

2 comments:

Bpaul said...

So how's this project of non-hatred holding up the last few days?

I am over it personally, but I was before. I know I'm supposed to be nice, but I just can't seem to muster it, she just pisses me off too much.

You?

Bp

Dale said...

Avoiding Clinton hatred remains a challenge. I have tried tuning out the news and news items that seem to be about her ... it's not easy. The thing she said about assassination is, well, I'm going to go back to wishing it away. I have nothing to add to what's been said. She needs to go.

Grr.