Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Donna Brazile

Here we go with Donna Brazile and the requisite questioning of her on the superdelegate situation.

To her credit, Brazile has said that if the Democratic nomination comes down to the superdelegates at the convention, she will quit.

Brazile holds her superdelegate position as the result of an appointment then-President Bill Clinton gave her in 1998. She tried to give the Clinton campaign some advice: Fire the speechwriter. There's no more use in talking about 35 years of experience and getting beat down by Republicans. It's obviously not resonating. (The Catch-22 for Clinton is that she talks about her 35 years in government as proof of her experience, but Obama talks about that 35 years as proof that she is no agent of change. He seems to be winning that argument at this point.)

And, speaking of quitting, I think a lot of people will quit -- quit the Democratic Party as a whole -- if the superdelegates decide this nomination and it is awarded to anyone other than the person who won the most popular votes during the primary and caucus process.

David Gergen just said that the Clinton campaign is guilty of "political malpractice" and that the campaign is Obama's to lose.

But GOP strategist Rich Galen, who writes a thrice-weekly political column you can read at http://www.mullings.com/, gets the night's award most ear-pleasing analysis. In his morning edition, he notes "the lagging, flagging, sagging campaign of Hillary Clinton."

Now, that's punditry.