"It's clear, this election they're having is not going to count for anything," Clinton said Thursday during an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio's call-in program, "The Exchange." "But I just personally did not want to set up a situation where the Republicans are going to be campaigning between now and whenever, and then after the nomination, we have to go in and repair the damage to be ready to win Michigan in 2008."
That statement is apparently no longer operative.
There is a legitimate debate that should be had regarding what to do with the delegates from Michigan and Florida. There are issues of fairness and basic democracy to be discussed and resolved. It's unfortunate that Hillary Clinton, in the name of political opportunism, is preventing that debate from occurring. If she really cared about democracy as she claims then she wouldn't be standing in the way of a fair airing of these issues.
She has been holding herself out as the defender of the Michigan and Florida Democrats when it's clear that her new position on those contests is preventing an open debate. By taking a hard line stance in order to advance her own political fortunes Clinton is forcing many of us who had not chosen sides on this issue to rebuff her position out of basic fairness and concern for the process and agreed upon rules. She is doing a tremendous disservice to the people of Michigan and Florida.