Cheat-Seeking Missles

Monday, February 18, 2008

Dems Disenfranchise Hispanics

Dems are great at accusing the GOP of disenfranchising voters. I've never quite figured out how the GOP goes about pulling off this trick, but that doesn't keep the Dems for raising the argument as often as they can catch their breath from decrying how the GOP wants to trash Social Security.

But how can you read this article without coming to the conclusion that the Dems have gone out of their way to disenfranchise Hispanic voters in Texas?
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are worried that convoluted delegate rules in Texas could water down the impact of strong support for her among Hispanic voters there, creating a new obstacle for her in the must-win presidential primary contest.

Several top Clinton strategists and fundraisers became alarmed after learning of the state's unusual provisions during a closed-door strategy meeting this month, according to one person who attended.

What Clinton aides discovered is that in certain targeted districts, such as Democratic state Sen. Juan Hinojosa's heavily Hispanic Senate district in the Rio Grande Valley, Clinton could win an overwhelming majority of votes but gain only a small edge in delegates. At the same time, a win in the more urban districts in Dallas and Houston -- where Sen. Barack Obama expects to receive significant support -- could yield three or four times as many delegates.
Party of the poor folks, you got some 'splainin' to do.

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