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Required Reading

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

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Karen Tumulty has a piece on Time today dissecting what brought down the candidate that would have been the odds on favorite for the nomination last year. The money quote:

 As aides looked over the campaign calendar, chief strategist Mark Penn confidently predicted that an early win in California would put her over the top because she would pick up all the state’s 370 delegates. It sounded smart, but as every high school civics student now knows, Penn was wrong: Democrats, unlike the Republicans, apportion their delegates according to vote totals, rather than allowing any state to award them winner-take-all. Sitting nearby, veteran Democratic insider Harold M. Ickes, who had helped write those rules, was horrified — and let Penn know it. “How can it possibly be,” Ickes asked, “that the much vaunted chief strategist doesn’t understand proportional allocation?”

It’s cliche to rag on Mark Penn…but there will be quite a bit of that here.

Clinton on Michigan compromise

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

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The Michigan Democrats rallied around a compromise package to present to RBC this morning that would net Hillary a 10 delegate advantage from Michigan, and she is “cool” to the idea, as Ben Smith has a letter to the Obama camp from Clinton

 “I am asking you to join me in working with representatives from Florida and Michigan and the Democratic National Committee to arrive at a solution that honors the votes of the millions of people who went to the polls in Florida and Michigan. It is not enough to simply seat their representatives at the convention in Denver. The people of these great states, like the people who have voted and are to vote in other states, must have a voice in selecting our party’s nominee.”

Welcome

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

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Hello, my name is Brien Jackson, and this is Below the Fold. Here you’ll find the biggest political stories of the day, with the unique take of our staff of bloggers, and the best analysis anywhere in media from people schooled in politics, certainly better than you’ll find from any pundits on TV this side of Chuck Todd.

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