Clinton’s Count Doesn’t Add Up – washingtonpost.com
You have to admire Hillary Clinton for her ability to reshape reality to her preferred outcome. She seems to assume that if she says something loudly enough, and repeats it often enough, it will become true. Her victory speech in Puerto Rico was a minor masterpiece in carefully parsed self-delusion. Unfortunately for her, it takes more than conviction to win the Democratic nominating contest.
Over the weekend I was listening to Harold Ickes on the Sunday talk shows and the Clinton spin on the way this race is going to end reminded me of only one other group…The White House of George W Bush.
MR. ICKES: No. Here’s what I’m saying, Tim: In choosing the nominee, there are a number of–many factors to take into account, and we think that popular vote is a very, very strong measure and should be weighed heavily by the remaining superdelegates in making the final decision, because these 200 plus will, in fact, make the nomination. They are the convention now.
MR. RUSSERT: Since Super Tuesday, 157 superdelegates have opted for Obama, 33 for Clinton.
MR. ICKES: Mm-hmm.
MR. RUSSERT: Clearly they’re not buying the argument as you’re laying it out. If, on Wednesday morning, Barack Obama has enough elected delegates and committed superdelegates to put him over the 2118, will Senator Clinton congratulate him as the nominee?
MR. ICKES: We expect to get the nomination, Tim, and we’re making a case.
MR. RUSSERT: That’s not the question.
MR. ICKES: That’s the answer.
MR. RUSSERT: So she won’t congratulate him if he has the…
MR. ICKES: I didn’t say that. We expect to get the nomination. We don’t accept the premise of your question.
“We don’t accept the premise of your question.” If that doesn’t sound like our President speaking about any number of issues I don’t know what does. Head in the sand, full speed ahead, damn the consequences…”We don’t accept the premise of your question.”
Early in this campaign season Hillary Clinton could have had my vote. Then her organization started looking like the cast of the West Wing, shooting themselves in the foot at every turn. Only this isn’t TV and the director doesn’t get to cut the scenes that don’t work out or rewrite the dialog that doesn’t tell the story. As television doing something stupid and losing was fleshing out the character. Doing the same thing in real life is just losing. Doing it and then trying to spin the results in the opposite direction just makes you look as dumb as the current administration and leads to the same approval ratings…157 to 33…Pretty much says it all doesn’t it?
Let’s see what this day brings…Will the spinning stop?
My 2¢ muse for the day…