January 20, 2008

NY Times repeats Obama claim of winning NV national delegates

(Sigh) I sent a letter to the New York Times this morning asking them to correct their article regarding Hillary's win in Nevada yesterday in which they state:

Mrs. Clinton scored a clear victory measured in the number of people attending the caucuses on her behalf. But Mr. Obama’s campaign was successful by another measure — in the allocation of delegates to the national nominating convention, a result of a complex formula that gave more weight to votes in some parts of the state.
I directed them to the Nevada Democratic Caucus web site and party chair Jill Derby's statement regarding the allocation of national delegates:
"The Nevada Democratic Party and its officials have taken great effort to maintain our neutrality in the presidential campaign and the integrity of our process. Today, two out of three Nevadans who caucused chose a Democrat instead of a Republican for president. That is an overwhelming majority vote for a new direction. Just like in Iowa, what was awarded today were delegates to the County Convention, of which Senator Clinton won the majority. No national convention delegates were awarded. That said, if the delegate preferences remain unchanged between now and April 2008, the calculations of national convention delegates being circulated by the Associated Press are correct. We look forward to our county and state conventions where we will choose the delegates for the nominee that Nevadans support."
I also pointed them to the Delegate Selection Plan and asked them to READ it (am I asking too much?)

I just don't get it. The press swoons over Obama, but every victory Hillary chalks up somehow doesn't really count. They've always got something to say to discount or minimize what she is doing across the country. Oh well, we're used to it. We keep soldiering on.

On edit: John Edwards graciously congratulates Senator Clinton. Barack Obama does not and continues the lie.


NVFactCheck said...

The problem now for Nevada Dems is that we know for certain a Clinton nomination kills potential gains in the Statehoue and at the local level.

Our gracious host CLS helped manage a Clinton win in Lyon County (Bill's post-flood visit perhaps?) but Hillary crashed and burned in the rest of the Northern Rurals making up CD2.

From the Reno paper:

Hillary Clinton won in Clark County, but she lost virtually everywhere else," said Eric Herzik, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and a registered Republican. "Up here, every precinct that I talked to somebody in, Obama won and won handily. In some precincts it was 2-to-1, and I'm like, holy moly."

In Northern Nevada counties, Obama won in Washoe, Storey, Humboldt, Elko, Pershing, Eureka, White Pine, Churchill, Douglas and Carson City. Clinton won in Nye, Mineral, Lander and Lyon counties.

"That's worrisome if I'm a Democrat," Herzik said. "That means your traditional Democratic core is for Hillary Clinton, and once you get outside of that, there's no love."

So much for trying to retake CD2 with Clinton at the top of the ticket.

The only hope for local gains in the North is that the rest of the country is smart enough to vote for and nominate Obama.

The caucus results prove what many feared: HRC as the nominee would be a severe liability to Northern Nevada Democrats, and her 50% negative rating with the general electorate makes her the R's favorite Democrat.

Perhaps by supporting HRC the esteemed Chair of the Rural Caucus has in fact helped destroy the chance for her own folks to win in Rural Nevada?

carissa said...

I've been hearing this BS about down-ticket races being blown apart by Hillary's candidacy and I am just not buying it.

She won in five rural counties, Lyon, Nye (by a much heftier margin than in Lyon), Lander, Mineral, and Lincoln.

Regarding losing CD2, where is our candidate? Step up and run! I'll be there for you.

Hillary won in Lyon County because (A) she actually came here and (B) a whole lot of people worked to get out her supporters.

I could care less about Herzik's opinion. I am so tired of the Republicans telling Democrats what "they" need to "worry" about. Spare me.