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The Clinton Campaign Shucks And Jives

Some hidden camera footage of Sen. Clinton as she strategizes her play for Democratic delegates she failed to win legitimately:

A few days ago I noted that the Clinton campaign was laying the groundwork to subvert the will of the Democratic primary/caucus participants by cajoling pledged delegates to shift their votes to her, even though the voters simply didn't vote for Hillary Clinton. Some of you said it was an unfounded charge, yet here is Sen. Clinton floating the trial balloon.

"There are elected delegates, caucus delegates and super-delegates, all for different reasons, and they're all equal in their ability to cast their vote for whomever they choose," Hillary told Newsweek, when asked how she can win the nomination despite the current delegate math.

"Even elected and caucus delegates are not required to stay with whomever they are pledged to. This is a very carefully constructed process that goes back years, and we're going to follow the process."

Now, look, she's technically within the rules (I suppose one could say that sort of technicality has family precedent), yet this is a plainly ridiculous position to take. She wants the delegates in states she won to stay with her, but in the contests she lost she wants them too. She (and her blogosphere apologists) now slam caucuses as undemocratic and evil, but had no such qualms when she was contesting in the Iowa and Nevada contests. She was okay with abiding by the national party's rulings against Florida and Michigan, but then when it became clear she was losing, she now wants those tainted contests to be included in the official results.

The principle the Clinton campaign is now working on is: If it helps Hillary it's good and pure. If it hurts Hillary its Eeeeevil. This might fly inside the bubble of Hillaryland, but it doesn't in any way resemble the actual contest we've got going here on planet earth.

In an echo of George W. Bush's performance before 9/11, Iraq, and Katrina, the Clinton team simply failed to plan. They failed to be competent and bought their own press that they would have the nomination wrapped up in a bow by Super Tuesday. Regardless of what you think of the worthiness of the contests, the Obama campaign had a game plan to get to the nomination. They didn't run as inevitable, they didn't run by just buying up ad time in primary states. They optimized their funds and resources in a way that netted them delegates, which up until this edition of the Clinton Rules went to press, was the yardstick by which the Democratic party has chosen its nominee.

Now their arguments have begun to echo the kid who gets caught in a game of tag yet declares that he was "on base" the whole time. Only it was a secret "base", that only exists in the kid's mind.