Clinton's Delegate Math Goes From Fuzzy to Demeaning
Equating Fla., Mich. struggle to democratic, feminist, civil-rights causes mocks them all
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 1:37 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks during a campaign event at Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Mont.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Attempts by Hillary Clinton supporters to link the push to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations with fights for suffrage and other freedoms the world over is "an equation that makes a mockery of democracy and feminism,” Harold Meyerson writes in the Washington Post—particularly since Clinton herself supported sanctions on the states until it became politically urgent to shift course.

 “The threat that these rules posed to our fundamental beliefs was discovered only ex post facto,” Meyerson posits—“the facto in question being Clinton's current need to seat the delegations." Hillary fans have every right to protest—but only in the name of “situational ethics.” He concludes: "To insist otherwise is to degrade democracy and turn feminism into the last refuge of scoundrels."