Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Pelosi Refashions Previous Remarks

Sure looks like the letter sent by 20 top Dem donors to Madam Speaker may have refashioned the superdelegate narrative a bit.

This morning on "Good Morning America," The Swamp reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi did a little backpedaling when asked how superdelegates should vote in Denver. Democratic superdelegates now "have every right to follow their 'conscience.'"

Two mere weeks ago, Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week” that "even if one candidate [should wind] up with a larger share of the popular vote...the candidate [with] more delegates should prevail."

In Nancy's Old World, the legitimate will of the people was delegate count; any other metric was a perversion of democracy. Of course there was the pesky problem of national popular vote if Florida and Michigan were counted. After all, Hillary could end up with more votes than Obama (counting Florida and Michigan) and there goes that irksome math.

Well this morning, here's Pelosi dialing it back:

These superdelegates have the right to vote their conscience and who they think would be the better president, or who can win, but they also then should get involved in the campaigns and make their power known there."
The howler is mighty glad to see Pelosi come around to the view that if Democrats are going to follow party rules to the letter and throw out Florida and Michigan votes, then party leaders can certainly assess the electoral situation by taking into account Obama's inexperience, Hillary moxie and grit; and yeah, the new math with Florida and Michigan included.

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