Thursday, March 27, 2008

It's all about perspective

Hillary Clinton's recent interview with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren was aired last night, and it came as no surprise that Clinton vowed to fight on throughout the remainder of the nomination process and even to the convention, if necessary.

But what did surprise me a bit was her tone and the perspective she has of the race:

"Well, this is a really close election. Despite what some might say, it is a very close election in the popular vote and in the delegates," she said. "We have 10 contests ahead of us, plus, don’t forget, Florida and Michigan. You know, I keep beating this drum ... millions of people are going to be voting in the next three months, and I hope that will include Florida and Michigan."
(Keep in mind, this is just four days after the publication of a Politico article that led, "One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning.")

Of course, Clinton won the disputed contests in Florida and Michigan, states whose delegates are excommunicated from the convention in August because of their insistence of moving their primaries up ahead of Super Tuesday. But calling those "wins" stretches the definition a bit to the point of making it unrecognizable, since none of the Democratic candidates campaigned in Florida and only Clinton's name appeared on the ballot (FNC's Brit Hume called it a "Soviet-style ballot) in Michigan.

But maybe that's not surprising; after all, this is a woman who insists that she is in a "really close election."

She also made it clear that, Howard Dean's preferences and deal-making promises notwithstanding, If Florida's and Michigan's delegates are not seated (read: in her favor), Clinton has no intention of working anything out with Barack Obama a minute ahead of the credentials committee meeting at the convention in Denver:

"You know, you can always go to the convention. That's what credential fights are for," she said. "Let's have the Democratic party go on record against seating the Michigan and Florida delegations three months before the general election? I don't think that will happen. I think they will be seated. So that's where we're headed if we don't get this worked out."

You can read the rest of the FNC article here.