Tina K. Russell

June 3, 2008

On Truth, Elasticity Of

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Tina Russell @ 11:52 am

Clinton’s Popular Vote Claim Stretches the Truth – Political Insider
In the latest sign Sen. Hillary Clinton “isn’t yet preparing to bow out of the presidential race,” her campaign is “launching a new television ad Monday that highlights her claim she is beating Barack Obama in the popular vote,” according to CNN.

The only problem is that it’s not true.

Clinton’s claim to winning the popular vote count includes counting the primary results in Michigan, where Sen. Barack Obama’s name was not even on the ballot. In addition, her count doesn’t include some caucus states won by Obama — Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington state — where the popular vote was never reported. And she also includes the results from Florida, where none of the Democratic candidates campaigned.

Furthermore, even using her methodology, the low turnout over the weekend in Puerto Rico likely guarantees she will not end up winning the popular vote anyway.

Sorry, Hillary. You worked hard, but in the end, you just didn’t win.



  1. I wouldn’t so much call it elasticity of truth so much as the blatant obliteration of any and every meaning of the word. She will get the VP slot. She has too much dirt on Obama. That is why he will pay off her campaign debts to boot.

    Comment by johnnypeepers — June 3, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  2. I doubt it. If she had much in the way of dirt on Obama, she wouldn’t have gotten so desperate towards the end of the game.

    Obama could lend her some pocket change, but it would probably be a goodwill gesture to help heal the party, not acquiescing to extortion. As for the VP slot, I doubt Obama wants to take on her negatives, or have someone so intent on undermining him in seat number two (or, for that matter, have Bill attempt to elbow his way into an informal seat number three).

    Knowing Hillary, obviously I’ve been mad at her throughout this campaign, but she’s a smart woman, and deep down, I’m sure she’s a kind one, too. (She’s had a hard time showing it, but never mind.) She’ll probably pack in the race gracefully and campaign unreservedly for Obama. Please, Hillary, don’t let us down!

    Comment by Tina Russell — June 3, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

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