One of the top news stories out of the Associated Press today, by Beth Fouy, begins as follows:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused rival Sen. Barack Obama and his allies of trying to stop people from voting as some of his backers have called on her to drop out of the presidential race. The Obama campaign rejected the charge, dismissing Clinton's criticism as "completely laughable."
In a series of television interviews in states holding upcoming contests, Clinton vowed to press on with her campaign and suggested Obama and his supporters wanted to keep those states from playing a role in selecting the party's presidential nominee.
"My take on it is a lot of Senator Obama's supporters want to end this race because they don't want people to keep voting," she told CBS affiliate KTVQ in Billings, Mont. "That's just the opposite of what I believe. We want people to vote. I want the people of Montana to vote, don't you?"
(Are you kidding me?!?! Was she addressing a group of six-year-old children?!)
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We all know that Hillary Clinton is a master of disingenuousness, but this is really taking it too far.
It's become all too common for losing political candidates to accuse their opponents of all variations of voter fraud - and indeed, such fraud has occurred at various points throughout history. But this is an interesting twist on the concept - that Obama's people are attempting to prevent people from voting by encouraging Clinton to drop out of the race. (Although Obama has said that Clinton is welcome to keep running as long as she likes, and it hasn't been anyone in Obama's official camp who has stated that she should drop out. As I recall, wasn't SHE suggesting that HE should drop out and maybe consider a vice-presidential spot on her own ticket just a few weeks ago?)
This vote-blocking measure she suggests echoes her noisy protests about the so-called disenfranchisement of the Florida and Michigan primary voters, stating that Obama didn't want the people in those states to have a voice in the nomination. She wasn't complaining when she thought she was going to sweep the nation, and he didn't stand a chance against her. This argument is as weak and disingenuous as that one was.
The ironic little twist of it all is that Hillary Clinton has begun accusing Barack Obama and his team of all those tactics that were so long and so widely used to disenfranchise the black voters of this nation. We certainly have come a long way - haven't we?