The Clinton Two-Step
Will the pro-superdelegate, anti-caucus logics of the Clinton camp trip them up?
By Richard Whittaker,
5:16PM, Wed. Apr. 9, 2008
From even before the primary vote, Clinton-boosters in Texas (including Bill Clinton, when he dropped by the UT campus) have been bandying around the idea that Hillary Clinton will somehow be cheated out of winning Texas because she won the popular vote but lost in the precinct and county caucuses. Outgoing Travis County Democratic Party chair Chris Elliott (himself a now-admitted Obama man) has a response to that. "The Clinton folks don't like the caucus. Well, look how the national process will go, where they will be reaching out to the superdelegates." he said. "Saying that the caucus is subverting the will of the people is diametrically opposite to what they'll be saying come the convention."
Elliott notes that one of the chief complainants about the rules is none other than Clinton's Texas campaign capo dei capi, former land commissioner Gary Mauro (who got so irate about how the system worked that he threatened to sue the party. Which is kind of funny, considering that, as Elliott points out, Mauro helped write those rules in the first place.)