Ok, I have to admit that watching the Democrats wake up to the utter ruthlessness of the Clintons has a rather huge element of Schadenfreude to it. But still, this one is a cake-taker even for the Clintons. Ezra Klein, quite rightly, points out that the latest from the Clinton camp could very well destroy the Democratic party.
This is the sort of decision that has the potential to tear the party apart. In an attempt to retain some control over the process and keep the various states from accelerating their primaries into last Summer, the Democratic National Committee warned Michigan and Florida that if they insisted on advancing their primary debates, their delegates wouldn't be seated and the campaigns would be asked not to participate in their primaries. This was agreed to by all parties (save, of course, the states themselves).
Now Clinton wants those delegates seated and is asking her delegates to aid her in this change to the rules in midstream. Klein warns:
But if this pushes her over the edge, the Obama camp, and their supporters, really will feel that she stole her victory. They didn't contest those states because they weren't going to count, not because they were so committed to the DNC's procedural arguments that they were willing to sacrifice dozens of delegates to support it. It's as hard as hardball gets, and the end could be unimaginably acrimonious. Imagine if African-American voters feel the rules were changed to prevent Obama's victory, if young voters feel the delegate counts were shifted to block their candidate.
Watching all this has all the elements of watching a trainwreck. The sheer sense of entitlement from the Clintons is finally grating at even the loyal party members. The viciousness of the infighting is getting increasingly close to the surface. It will cause real damage. Believe it.
Bonus happy thought: if the Clinton's antics are getting to party loyalists, how do you suppose it is playing with the moderates and unaffiliated?
UPDATE: Others: Poligazette: Cheater (Also used by commenter Reader here.) Protein Wisdome detects a great disturbance in the leftosphere. QandO: How completely Clinton. Say Anything: Of course she feels that way now.