Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Has Bill Clinton finally inhaled?

My opinion on the matter is pretty clear: the lawsuit trying to bar the Culinary Union from voting inside the casinos - a rule that was established *months* ago - is bogus. It's unfair. The Casino Union got permission for a good reason (their members typically have to work on Saturday), it doesn't bother anyone (they take a break/lunch, go vote, go back to work), and it's the very idea of democracy: one person, one vote, it's fair.

Unless you're Bill Clinton:

Mr. Clinton turned the tables on Mr. Matthews, whom the former president asserted had taken "an accusatory tone" by claiming a link to Mrs. Clinton's operation. "Your position is that you think the Culinary Workers votes should count: A — It should be easier for them to vote than anybody else in Nevada that has to work on Saturday. That's your first position. Second, when they do vote their votes should count five times as much as everybody else. That's what the teachers have questioned. So if that's your position, you have it. Get on your television station and say it. ... 'All I care about is making sure that some voters have it easier than others and that when they do vote, when it's already easier for them, their vote should count five times as much as others.' That is your position," Mr. Clinton said. "If you want to take that position, get on the television and take it. Don't be accusatory with me. I have enough to deal with."

Seriously. Let me get this straight: because there are 70,000 Culinary Union workers, and only 10,000 Teacher's Union workers (aka - the people bringing this lawsuit), that somehow it's unfair that the Culinary Union workers get to vote at their place of work, and somehow that makes 1 Culinary Union worker's vote worth more than 1 Teacher's Union vote? Where's the math on that?

Sorry, Bill. I call Bullshit on this one. It's still one vote. This lawsuit is trying to remove the vote from potentially 70,000 people - and there's no good reason for it now.

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