Hillary in Beverly Hills

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The sell-out crowd that packed into the Wilshire Theatre on Thursday night for a Hillary Clinton fund-raiser looked to be a flashback to the days when California still mattered, i.e. before the state’s primary, which the candidate won handily.

There was something different this time around. Donors were still enthusiastic, but felt forced to justify just how it was they thought their candidate could win.  Some I talked to were nervous. A few seemed genuinely angry. The man next to me grumbled about the plight of Florida and Michigan, and indicated that he was ready to cast his vote for John McCain.

“The way that you can really help,” he told the woman next to him, “is to organize a force.”

She gave him an inquisitive look.

“A force. To confront media bias,” he said. She then pointed out that it’s not all media that is anti-Hillary. Howard Stern, she believes, is pro-Hillary. He was skeptical.

As Clinton has in campaign stops recently, she played up the image of us against the system.

Surrounded on the stage by some of her most strident Hollywood supporters, Clinton all but cast her campaign as a moral crusade, not just on her signature issues of health care and housing, but on the potential “disenfranchisement” of millions of voters who participated in the Florida and Michigan primaries.

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  1. JSky says:

    TKD, your argument doesn’t hold. Because
    1. FL Democratic Party found that the revote will present the same result hence they rejected the revote and proposed the original result to be count. As the survey showed that the revote will get the same result, it draw a conclusion that most people who wanted to vote already voted.
    2. FL voter turned out in 2008= 1.7 mio, 2004= 753k, 2000=551
    The voter turned out in 2008 was more than double that in 2004. Again, the number doesn’t support that many people didn’t vote.
    3. HRC won 870k vote, which is much more than Kerry & Gore. Kerry won 581k in 2004. And Gore won 471k in 2000. Obama won 576k (which is less than Kerry).
    It’s clear that HRC won FL state. The revote will not change the outcome. Not counting FL vote will be wrong, dishonest, and undemocratic. And it will be a suicide for GE.

  2. TKD says:

    Prior to the voting in Florida and Michigan, the DNC announced (and Sen. Clinton agreed) that the primaries there would not count toward the presidential nomination. As a result, many people did not vote, because they relied on the DNC declaration that the primaries were invalid and would not be counted. Changing the rules after the fact to let these bogus primaries influence the presidential nomination would be dishonest and undemocratic — and if the identity of the nominee was determined by such a maneuver, the nomination would be worthless, and the party would be gravely damaged.

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