Well, Florida has certainly clarified the status of the race for the presidency. On the Republican side, much to my chagrin John McCain is the presumptive nominee. The race’s dynamics give him the edge on Super-Duper Tuesday, giving him the inside track toward the nomination.
And on the Democrat side, the choice is between a man who has been endorsed by the lawyers who are representing the terrorist detainees at Gitmo and a woman whose word is absolutely worthless. What a choice.
About Hillary Clinton and her word. 1998 should have taught this country that Bill Clinton’s word on anything isn’t worth anything. Hillary Clinton made it clear last night that she is his equal in perfidy.
In September 2007, Hillary Clinton signed a pledge declaring that she would not support seating the delegates from Florida and Michigan at the Democrat Convention this year. According to the New York Times:
Three of the major Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday pledged not to campaign in Florida, Michigan and other states trying to leapfrog the 2008 primary calendar, a move that solidified the importance of the opening contests of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Hours after Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina agreed to sign a loyalty pledge put forward by party officials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York followed suit. The decision seemed to dash any hopes of Mrs. Clinton relying on a strong showing in Florida as a springboard to the nomination.
“We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process,” Patti Solis Doyle, the Clinton campaign manager, said in a statement.
It’s a pledge whose meaning was unequivocal. But after winning the Florida primary vote last night, Hillary Clinton said this:
Eh, what does it matter? It’s just a few scribbled lines on a piece of paper. Didn’t mean anything. It was just Hillary Clinton putting her name to a promise, and we all know how much political promises are worth.
Some of you liberals who have suddenly discovered that the Clintons are of low character, that they’re a pair of conniving snakes who will say and do anything to grasp political power, welcome to the club. This story doesn’t much surprise conservatives and moderates who saw a special sort of easy dishonesty in the Clintons years ago. It shocks some of you liberals now. Better late than never.
Not that it’ll matter much. The Clintons will get those delegates, one way or the other.