Please, let’s all tell Hillary Clinton to shut up with her false claims to be ahead in the popular vote (forgetting for the moment when she was ahead in delegates, she consistently said that the popular vote didn’t matter). If you believe her rhetoric, please do yourself a favor and read Jonathon Alter on The Problem With Clinton’s Popular Vote Math. In brief and in rough, it goes like this.
Obama is 450K votes ahead not counting caucus states, 560K ahead if you count them. He is 63K behind if you count FL and MI where he was not on the ballot of course. If you count the uncommitted votes from Michigan, though, that brings him up by almost another quarter million voters. Leaving those votes aside, if the expected settlement happens – FL and MI get 50% of their votes/delegates counted – O is still ahead 325K in pop vote.
Meanwhile, Clinton is keying her people up to say the nomination was “taken away”. For reasons I’ve discussed ad nauseum, I won’t support Clinton because of past votes, but for a while in the middle of the campaign, I was starting to warm to her. Recent events such as claiming a popular vote lead and positioning herself as the candidate of white workers who think the black dude is a Muslim are just so crass it suddenly makes me understand the Clinton haters of the 1990s (when I was partly out of the country and never really got it). In short, they will do anything for power, no matter how damaging to the causes they believe in.
Before these last weeks I had nothing particular against Hillary Clinton except my commitment to not vote for any senator who voted in favor of giving Bush unlimited war power. Now I actually fear seeing her in the White House.