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Hillary Keeps Losing Florida Strategy

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She won tonight, and her team is pushing for her delegates to be seated.

From Mark Penn:

Most of the voters in Florida fully expect that their votes will not be wasted again — they expect to have a voice at the convention, and Hillary has asked her delegates to support their being seated.

What gets me is how transparently bad this strategy is. There’s no winning here. This makes Hillary look like a liar, not only to her fellow senior Democrats, but also to the voters in places like New Hampshire and Iowa…

Courting voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, last August Sen. Hillary Clinton signed a pledge not to “campaign or participate” in the Michigan or Florida Democratic primaries. She participated in both primaries and is campaigning in Florida. Which proves, again, that Hillary Clinton is a liar. […]

“I will try to persuade my delegates to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida,” Clinton said last week, after the New Hampshire primaries and Iowa caucuses were safely over.

Clinton coldly and knowingly lied to New Hampshire and Iowa. Her promise was not a vague statement. It was a signed pledge with a clear and unequivocal meaning.

That’s from the New Hampshire Union Leader, and it feeds this growing meme that she will say and do anything to win.

So why did they campaign in Florida? Here’s part of the explanation:

This result comes after Senator Obama ran TV commercials that reached Florida homes and after the enormous publicity he received for South Carolina and for the Ted Kennedy endorsement.

Let’s put SoCo and Kennedy aside and focus on the TV commercials. Note the careful phrasing of the words there. The TV commercials “reached” Florida. You want to know why they said the commercials “reached” Florida but didn’t “run” in Florida? Because it was a national cable TV buy that couldn’t exclude any state. This would be the same as buying national time on a network show like CSI, and people from Florida tuning it and happening to catch it. If his team had bought media the other way and excluded Florida, they would have had to make 49 separate buys instead of 1. So yes, some of Barack’s commercials “reached” Florida. This coming from the team that didn’t take Hillary’s name off the Michigan ballot when everybody else did? Please…

In the end, I go back to how bad a move this is on Hill’s part. She didn’t win anything tonight, just like she didn’t win Michigan. And she’s not going to get their delegates seated if this contest actually goes the distance. Again, all this does is make it look like she’s trying to cheat and that’s the exact opposite of the image she needs to be portraying right now.