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It’s not just conservative critics who are suggesting that Barack Obama might do well to get those Michigan and Florida delegates seated one way or another. From his blogger fan club comes this:

Barack Obama should call for the Florida and Michigan delegations to be seated at the convention — not as a concession to the Clinton camp or because of pressure but as an outside-the-box show of strength.The Illinois senator has several things going for him right now: He has what everyone agrees is an insurmountable lead among pledged delegates; he has an imposing lead in total popular vote; and those facts give him this trump: superdelegates — elected officials and party operators — are not going coronate Mrs. Clinton in the face of all those advantages without a wildly compelling reason. . . But there’s one argument that needs be addressed: Democrats don’t want to go into the fall risking offending voters in a state they need for victory (Michigan) and one they desperately want (Florida).

Ignore for a moment the total lack of concern over the fact that disenfranchising more than 2 million voters would fly in the face of the modern Left’s “count every vote” mantra. And put aside the consideration that Obama will not enjoy a single moment’s peace from Hillary Clinton and her supporters until this issue is decided. The core of the argument seems correct: blocking these delegates seems defensive and weak, and seating them would be a sign of confidence. So why doesn’t Obama do it?

The explanation lies in this (and many other) Obama-philes’ assumption that even if those delegates are seated “Obama would still have an insurmountable delegate lead and a formidable popular vote lead.” Well, maybe not. What if Clinton wins Pennsylvania by a bunch, takes Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana, and makes it close in North Carolina? That delegate lead could shrink. Not all the way to parity, but enough that when the Florida and Michigan delegates are counted their numbers could make the pledged delegate lead trivial.

So as long as Clinton can make it close, I don’t see Obama insisting that every vote count.



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