The Washington Times - February 19, 2008, 08:52AM
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“They call it the ownership society. But it’s really the ‘on-your-own’ society,” she said.\ \ \ In a speech honoring the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy nearly two years earlier, Obama said: “We know this as the ownership society. But in our past there has been another term for it — social Darwinism — every man or woman for him — or herself. … It allows us to say … tough luck … pull yourself up by your bootstraps … you’re on your own.”\ \ \ Clinton also cribbed from New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson last year after he said in a debate: “Senator Obama does represent change. Senator Clinton has experience. Change and experience — with me, you get both.”\ \ \ A short time later she told New Hampshire voters: “I know some people think you have to choose between change and experience. With me, you don’t have to choose.”
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But the 186-member committee, one of whose tasks is accrediting delegates to choose the party’s presidential nominee, comes from the party’s grass roots. Twenty-five of them were appointed by Howard Dean, the Democratic National Committee chairman, with all the rest from state parties and other jurisdictions, largely evenly divided in their support for Mrs. Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.\ \ \ Still, unless Mr. Dean and party leaders can fashion a solution to the contested delegations, this obscure panel may find itself at the center of a political war over primary rules that stripped Florida and Michigan of their 366 delegates and that could be fought out in a showdown, roll-call vote of the states on the convention floor in Denver in August.
Stephen DinanstoryChristina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times