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    Is Hillary Afraid of Losing?

    The Hillary campaign is now worried that not counting the delegates from Florida and Michigan will disenfranchise voters, but only because it could cause her to fail in her bid to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.

    Originally Michigan and Florida delegates were banned from the convention because both states moved their primaries to before the February 5th deadline, a violation of the national party’s rules.

    Harold Ickes, a top Clinton adviser, was a supporter of the decision to strip the states of their delegates and to encourage candidates not to campaign in either state. Now, he has just announced that his colors have changed, just when Obama has pulled ahead of Clinton in the delegate race.

    Clinton wants the Michigan and Florida delegates to count because she received 50% of the vote in Michigan, giving her an obvious edge over her chief rival.

    She now claims that to disallow the Michigan and Florida delegates from attending the convention would be ‘undemocratic.’ However, the originally banned delegates were awarded without candidates campaigning in the state and with most of the voters believing their vote did not count. Obama’s name was not even on the ballot in Michigan, so 40% of the vote there went to “uncommitted” delegates. Allowing the delegates into the convention without a “do-over” would truly be undemocratic.

    Hillary’s motives behind these statements are so obvious it seems difficult to believe that she doesn’t have some ulterior motive. After all, this is the campaign that engineered an ’emotional moment’ on national television in order to draw out the female constituency.

    Its possible, however, that Hillary’s once locked candidacy is now a close, two-way race. With Obama’s recent string of victories, it seems as if this “newcomer” may be quite electable after all.

    Right now, Hillary is relying on her “Superdelegates” to win the nomination, as the popular vote seems to be going to Obama. Superdelegates are appointed by the Democratic Party and are not beholden to the popular vote when casting their vote at the convention.

    One has to ask, does a candidate that is trying to violate a party agreement by getting her suspended candidates into the convention and relying on delegates not determined by the popular vote really put the “democratic process” above personal ambition?

    She’s trying to push her nomination on the party and its members and she’s not even being secretive about it. That tells me one important thing — she’s actually afraid of losing the nomination.

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