Anger! Regrets?

by Michael O. Allen on June 1, 2008

Clinton Supporter Irate at Rules Committee

This anger must be acknowledged, respected and addressed. Even if it does not hurt Sen. Barack Obama in the fall, the feelings must not be allowed to fester.

The images from the Democratic National Committee’s Rules Committee meeting this weekend show that raw feelings may not be salved soon:

(Kim Frederick shouted to the committee that it had handed the election to John McCain. The vote gave Mrs. Clinton a net gain of 24 delegates over Mr. Obama. She now lags behind Mr. Obama by about 176 delegates, according to The New York Times’s tally.

Photos by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

(Joshua Roberts/Getty Images) A supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed disappointment after Democratic officials chose to give delegates from Florida and Michigan half-votes.

Despite the bitterness and threats, this was probably the best that could have been salvaged out of the mess of the two states that chose to break party primary rules. It serves no one to point out that Sen. Hillary Clinton once wanted to punish the two states for breaking the rules.

In The new math in Florida and Michigan, Salon magazine’s Walter Shapiro chronicled what happened.

It is time to move on to the general election and this compromise allows that to take place, whether Mrs. Clinton wishes to or not.

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