Hillary Clinton, by any reasonable count of actual votes cast by everyday people, won their primary... but the powers that be had "bigger plans" and disenfranchisement was the policy of the hour. By the end of the primaries, Mrs. Clinton saw her strongest big states neutralized and disenfranchised, and in a remarkable turn of events towards the end of the primary, had several of her delegates reassigned to Barack Obama "just because."
I wouldn't care so much about the Democrats' duplicity if they were a private political organization, but they (and the GOP) have effectively banned independent, Libertarian and Green candidates from running for office with a host of laws designed to exclude candidates that are not from the two major parties.
Thus, their efforts at disenfranchisement are notable.
So, too, are their double standards.
Back during the primary, the logic of the Obamacrats was that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a "dynasty," and would subvert democracy by keeping one family in power for potentially 16 of the past 32 years. Obama, we were told by his ardent supporters, represented a breath of fresh air -- a break from political dynasties, an end to politics as usual, "Change we can believe in."
Fast forward to today. It's not even inauguration day, and Obama is arguably more of a Clinton than Hillary is. His administration is loaded with Clintonites. He delivered a Clinton-style Sister Souljah moment to the gays with his selection of Rick Warren as the pastor to give the invocation at his inauguration.
Oh, and all that stuff about dynasties being bad? We didn't really mean it!
Let's put Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in Mrs. Clinton's Senate seat, as an appointee. Mrs. Schlossberg's resume is pretty thin -- mostly fundraising, Manhattan socialite, and daughter of a famous president... but let's bring Camelot back!
And closer to home, Senator Joe Biden's son is said to be waiting in line to take over the seat his dad left warm for him.
The New York Times, in a rare moment of clarity, describes the Kennedy Schlossberg situation thusly:
Not unlike an overleveraged but venerable investment house, Ms. Kennedy is considered by many to be too big to fail.
Meanwhile, the attitude of the New Ruling Party strikes me as rather similar to the Old Ruling Party that was just dispatched.
What do you little proles know? Don't worry your pretty little head with managing things, we'll do it for you.
You shouldn't have too many choices on the ballot. It's confusing.
And anytime we can make the choices for you, we will. We know better. And us and our friends are the most qualified to run everything, from General Motors to the banking system to your own marriage. We're qualified because we say so, and if you question us, you just don't get it!
Now begone, Caroline and I have a fundraiser at Diane von Furstenberg's to attend, you bitter God-loving gun-nut flyover-state peasant! Here, have a quarter.
Something tells me this attitude will not go over well with voters, especially considering what's coming in 2009. Obama and his advisors should reconsider their "strategies" post-haste.