Friday, October 19, 2007

What if You gave a Primary and Nobody Came?

Due to Michigan's encroachment on New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, most of the Democratic candidtes for president have withdrawn from the state's January 15th ballot. Those remaining? Chris Dodd, Mike Gravel, Hillary Clinton and Dennis Kucinich (who's is trying to withdraw). So, when you're snubbed by most of your party's candidates, what's a governor to do? Endorse their chief rival, of course!

Which is exactly what Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm did today when she endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential race. Hey, maybe she thought Clinton was the best candidate. Maybe she just wanted to take a swipe at the other guys for boycotting the state. Who knows?

The real question is, does this endorsement matter... at all?

Look, Clinton's the only top-tier candidate left on the ballot, so she's probably going to win with or without the endorsement. Also, the DNC may strip the state of its delegates (for breaking the rules on primary dates) so her win could well be negated when it counts, on the convention floor. Will the Michigan governor's choice impact voters in other states? Probably not much.

So, my take? At most it's another feather in Clinton's cap, but it's a feather that's not worth a whole lot.

Hat Tip: The Page
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