From Xerox to Delegates: Clinton’s Deadly Errors

Hillary Clinton is setting herself up to fall in the primary, and fall hard in the general if she makes it that far.  (Huffington Post):

Hillary Rodham Clinton accused presidential rival Barack Obama of political plagiarism Thursday night, but drew boos from a Democratic debate audience when she ridiculed him as the candidate of “change you can Xerox.”

Obama dismissed the charge out of hand, then turned the jeers to applause when he countered, “What we shouldn’t be spending time doing is tearing each other down. We should be spending time lifting the country up.”

Someone with political experience should not open themselves to attack like that, especially when the opponent can successfully claim both the moral high-ground and the coveted position of optimist.  Crankiness vs Optimism loses, which is just one of the reasons Obama polls so well against McCain.

But it is Hillary’s discussion of the delegates that truly boggles the mind.  She’s made three huge mistakes that, if selected as the Democratic nominee would severely damage her campaign:

  1. Claiming states she lost did not matter.  Why hurt her chances in those states during the general?
  2. Trying to squeeze delegates out of states that ignored party rules.  Since Obama (and at the time the other candidates) did not campaign in these states (and in some cases she was the only person on the ballot), counting them would be unfair and dishonest to the voters.
  3. Stating even if she continues to lose she will count on super delegates to overrule the will of the voters.  That will not sit well with potential voters when the general election swings around.  Right wing, Left wing, or no wings, you don’t want to be pegged the anti-democracy candidate.

Hillary Clinton is showing herself to be less and less the sharp elder stateswoman she markets herself to be.  Instead she is clumsily negative, unfair and dishonest, and willing to compromise the most important principle of all in our America:  The sanctity of the ballot box and our right to vote.

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4 Responses

  1. I completely agree with you. I was floored by her answer about the super-delegates. Talk about audacity!

  2. Thanks Amy. The arrogance and the profound lack of strategic thought evident in that statement left me stunned initially too. Co-workers and friends who previously thought nothing of Hillary now despise her, and say things like “She can’t do that, people won’t stand for it”.

    Taking a position like that definitely hurts her standing, but in a way, its kind of expected. Its the same kind of disregard for the will of voters she’s shown in her initial response to the situation in Iraq, and the situation in Iran the Bush administration is still trying to fabricate.

  3. Last night I heard a lot of praise from the commentators about how she close the debate, but I think that Xerox comment is going to hurt her, and hurt her bad.

  4. ralfast,
    Obama’s response will hurt he. He was the police, pragmatic optimist to her off-balanced cranky pessimist.

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