Alex Massie

Hillary Clintons Duty to Quit

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The general view seems to be that Clinton needs to gain an edge in either the cumulative popular vote or, less probably, the pledged-delegate count if she is to have a chance of persuading the Superdelegates to give her the nomination (and of course, once you strip independents and other non-Democrats out of the election tallies, Clinton has won a majority of registered Democratic voters). Even so, it's not hard to see how this sort of caper could tear the party apart. Most folk seem to think this would be a terrible, undemocratic way to win the nomination.

Not so fast says a friend:

Don’t hate the player, hate the game.  The rules of the game are that superdelegates matter.  And they won’t be “overturning” anything.  They get to vote for what they think is best for the party.  To suggest that the winner of the pledged delegates should get all the superdelegates is to ignore the rules of the game.  That’s like saying had whoever gained the most total yards in a football game should be the winner, not the person with the most points.  You may not like the rules, but to steal a line from the Big Lebowski – this is not Vietnam, there are rules!

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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