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Clinton’s Dirtiest Trick Yet

Katrina vanden Heuvel has an excellent piece in the Nation about the Clinton camp's sudden reversal of opinion on ensuring that hard-working Americans get to vote in the primaries. Last week the powerful, 60,000 member Culinary Workers Union Local 226 … Read More

By / January 15, 2008

Katrina vanden Heuvel has an excellent piece in the Nation about the Clinton camp's sudden reversal of opinion on ensuring that hard-working Americans get to vote in the primaries.

Last week the powerful, 60,000 member Culinary Workers Union Local 226 chose to endorse Senator Barack Obama after "fierce lobbying" from the three frontrunners. Two days later, the Nevada State Education Association – with ties to the Clinton campaign in its leadership – filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to shutdown nine casino caucus at-large sites created to allow both union and non-union shift workers to vote during the workday. (On any given day, it would be difficult for these workers to participate without these caucus sites. It will be even more difficult during the busy Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.) According to the Washington Post, the system was created last March with input from the presidential campaigns and – as meeting minutes reveal – "several of the parties to the suit were there and approved of the process."

Clinton of course threw a fit about the undemocratic nature of the Iowa caucus, and surely would have lent her support to any plan to revamp that demagogic tally–that is, after knowing she was going to lose it. Now, not only is she whistling through a crackdown on voters' rights in Nevada, but members of her team are actively helping it along.

One outcome of this election has been that, like most New York Post headlines, "with ties to the Clinton campaign" has become a phrase that says it all.

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