Now She Says So

Big shocker here: After winning Michigan, Hillary thinks the delegates from that state and Florida should be counted. From a statement she just sent out:

I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so I will ask my Democratic convention delegates to support seating the delegations from Florida and Michigan. I know not all of my delegates will do so and I fully respect that decision. But I hope to be President of all 50 states and U.S. territories, and that we have all 50 states represented and counted at the Democratic convention.

This is, of course, exactly what Floridians want to hear. The prospect that their votes might eventually count is likely to bring them to the polls. If the person fighting to get them counted is Hillary … you see the logic. But after Hillary’s camp made such a fuss over Obama allegedly campaigning in Florida, this move feels rather shameless.

That said, if one candidate emerges as the clear front-runner after Super Tuesday, it’s hard to imagine the DNC barring Florida and Michigan delegates into the convention. The DNC would rather go back on their promise to strip delegates than make a scene. Then again, if the nomination comes down to a battle for delegates, then those two states could matter quite a bit. In which case, sucking up now could well pay off.