Monday, February 18, 2008

Microtrends in Texas

Either one takes this at face value, and those people who are presumably paid a lot of money and/or generally have important roles in the campaign didn't bother to learn how this stuff works or one sees it as... a way of claiming another state somehow doesn't count.

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.

Like Hilzoy I just find the whole framing of this weird. I'm not sure whether clueless/incompetent or bad pre-spinning is the true explanation, but either way...

As I've written before my biggest problem with Clinton isn't Clinton - I like her! - it's some of the people she surrounds herself with. Aren't they supposed to be the ones who know what they're doing?