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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Suspend what you know, or think you know, about the Democratic presidential nomination, and picture yourself in the Marriott ballroom here for Hillary Clinton's Kentucky victory celebration.

The candidate is cruising to a landslide win in the state, after her 41-point drubbing of Barack Obama in West Virginia last week. The overflowing crowd of jubilant supporters chants "Hill-a-ry!" From here, the national coronation of Obama looks upside down.

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--Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | May 21, 2008; 7:25 AM ET
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As a caucus goer in Washington State I am offended at the Clinton campaign's insistence that the popular vote is the way to decide this contest. I did not vote in a primary, but I did attend my local caucus. I am a lifelong Democrat and come from a family of Democrats. Both of my parents were selected as delegates to their county caucuses this year. Four years ago, I was selected as a delegate to my county caucus.

The insistence on using the popular vote to decide this contest disenfranchises me. The Clintons would like to take the record turnout at the Washington State caucuses and tell all those voters that their participation is unimportant. That is just reprehensible.

I attempted to contact the Clinton campaign to let her know this in person. The local phone number for the campaign ends in a public comment mailbox that is full. The form on the campaign ends in a warning message. There is apparently no way to contact the Clinton campaign by phone or Web site except to donate to the campaign. I have experienced the full mailbox and error message for WEEKS now. I have reported both issues to them as well as I could, but they have not been fixed.

The Clinton campaign is not interested in listening to the opinion of members of the Democratic Party. It is only interested in you if you are donating money. I think that is a crying shame!

Posted by: fletc3her | May 21, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Dana Millbank doesn't care about fair elections. All he cares about is putting his candidate in as the nominee. He has spent the last 3 months on "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann doing commercials for Barack Obama and trashing Hillary Clinton. Does he honestly think that Keith would let him be on his show if he didn't parrot what Keith says? Has he noticed that Keith never allows a different opinion? Does he think Keith has him on because he's a good journalist? Hell no......if Dana Millbank dared to praise Hillary or find fault with Obama, he wouldn't be on that show again. Dana Millbank isn't a journalist as that would be too hard.

Posted by: Marie R. Ruth | May 22, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Get over it! The Clinton's are just presenting thier best case to win like a lawyer presents their best case. They ignore the evidence they dont like and focus on the things that they can say positive. Her best argument is that more people voted for her than Obama (which is techniqually true). She also must argue that the smaller states get more electoral power during the primary than the general election (bc they do!). She needs to make people understand that she has won critical states that Obama is not doing well in, and states that will be up for grabs in the General Election. And that she is carrying the working class whites in important big states (this is a crucial group that has killed us in the last 2elections). Why are your feelings hurt? Just like Obama, she is presenting her best case. Obama's is easier to make, no doubt but that does not mean that she should be vilified for attempting to compete. I think it is a crying shame that people claim to be hurt by every little thing that happens in this campaign. This is a competition.

I am a democrat and I am sick of both sides jumping on each other. I would take the Clinton's over any republicans w/o second pause. They are very competitive. So what? It means they want to win, and so do I. What else have we learned over the last 8yrs but that losing is life and death. They fight hard and that is why they beat the republicans twice and got 8yrs. We need to fight the republicans life or death. I hope that Obama understands this bc I dont like him trying to take the high road everytime. Nothing is more important then winning!!!

Posted by: Blackwoman, OH | May 22, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Dear Blackwoman,
Yes winnning is important, but there are limits that we Americans have always felt are somewhat important. Al quaida is very intent on winning as have other world leaders throughout history (Hitler, etc), but hardly in a manner that we as Americans would approve. It is disgusting to hear Clinton intentionally lying to the American people that she has won the popular vote which a few may actually begin to believe. The vote as I recall is for the Democratic nomination for President so votes that are approved by the Democratic party are clearly the only votes that count. Perhaps Hilary wants to sponsor other elections that are not approved by the Democratic party perhaps open only to Hilary donators and add that vote to her popular vote count. She had agreed that Michigan and Florida votes would not count until her pitiful campaign was so far behind that the only way she could possibly win is to begin lying to the American people. I wouldn't trust her any more than I did Richard Nixon even though I agree with 99% of her policies.

Posted by: Ed Morris | May 22, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

If you sign an agreement stick with it don't change the name of the game because you are losing. Fight hard fight long when you are right and take you lost like a true champion and come back and fight another day.

Posted by: soulmib | May 22, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

i see one way to all the waste of money and hoop-la in the primaries ,is to have every state vote on the same month and day as we do ine final election. yes i and my family from way back are strong democrits.

Posted by: | May 22, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton's have no case for the race in 2008.

Posted by: Steve | May 22, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is absurd, the race was over two months ago. She's making a mockery of the whole democratic process. Where the hell are the superdelegates? PLEASE end this.

Posted by: BLUTO | May 22, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Hillary has an 'easy pass' on everything in her life....all smoke and mirrors...

Bill says: "In law school, Hillary worked on legal services for the poor." The facts are: Hillary's main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a Federal agent. She went to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.

Bill says: "Hillary spent a year after graduation working on a children's rights project for poor kids." The facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San Francisco to take an internship with him.

Bill says: "Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers." The facts are: She flunked the D.C. bar exam. Yes, FLUNKED. It is a matter of record, and she only barely passed the Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas, NONE; and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor.

Bill says: "President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its chairman." The facts are: The appointment was in exchange for Bill's support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter's choice to be chairman.

Bill says: "She served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital." The facts are: Yes, she did. But her main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and health care practices.

Bill says: "Hillary didn't succeed at getting health care for all Americans in 1994, but she kept working at it and helped to create the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children with health insurance." The facts are: Hillary had nothing to do with creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. The money came half from the budget deal and half from the Attorney Generals' tobacco settlement. Hillary had nothing to do with either source of funds.

Bill says: "Hillary was the face of America all over the world." The facts are: Her visits were part of a program to get her out of town so that Bill would not appear weak by feeding stories that Hillary was running The White House. Her visits abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic, and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them.

Bill says: "Hillary was an excellent Senator who kept fighting for children's and women's issues." The facts are: Other than totally meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post offices, she has helped to pass only four substantive pieces of legislation. One set up a national park in Puerto Rico. A second provided respite care for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer's or other conditions. And two were routine bills to aid 911 victims and responders which were sponsored by the entire NY delegation. Presently, she is trying to have the U.S. memorialize the Woodstock fiasco of 40 years ago.

The time to end this is NOW. The Clinton's are past tense and need to go away for the sake of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Everett | May 22, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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