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Ickes Wants To Change Rules He Made

From an understanding Associated Press:

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks during a campaign stop at the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s Founder’s Day Dinner at the Milwaukee Airlines Center, in Milwaukee, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.

Clinton aide wants Mich., Fla. delegates

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer Sun Feb 17

WASHINGTON – Harold Ickes, a top adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign who voted for Democratic Party rules that stripped Michigan and Florida of their delegates, now is arguing against the very penalty he helped pass.

In a conference call Saturday, the longtime Democratic Party member contended the DNC should reconsider its tough sanctions on the two states, which held early contests in violation of party rules. He said millions of voters in Michigan and Florida would be otherwise disenfranchised — before acknowledging moments later that he had favored the sanctions…

Ickes explained that his different position essentially is due to the different hats he wears as both a DNC member and a Clinton adviser in charge of delegate counting. Clinton won the primary vote in Michigan and Florida, and now she wants those votes to count.

“There’s been no change,” Ickes said. “I was not acting as an agent of Mrs. Clinton. We had promulgated rules and those rules said the timing provision … provides for certain sanctions, automatic sanctions as a matter of fact, if a state such as Michigan or Florida violates those timing provisions.”

“With respect to the stripping, I voted as a member of the Democratic National Committee. Those were our rules and I felt I had an obligation to enforce them,” he said…

Maybe the media is dialing back on their idolatry of the Clintons after all.

And yet this AP report managed to leave out quite a telling quote from Mr. Ickes that Fox News was able to report:

“Hillary will end up with more automatic delegates than Obama,” Ickes said, and the number of elections won by Obama is “irrelevant to the obligations of [super] delegates.”

Yes, calling Mr. Obama’s victories “irrelevant” is very smart politics.

Yes, sir.

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