I have been a Barack Obama supporter from day one. I believe he is the best person for the job. However, I always conceded that I would vote for Clinton in November should she win the Democratic nomination. Until today.
According to this post in NYT's The Opinionator blog, Hillary is calling for the delegates from Michigan and Florida to be reinstated in the name of having their "voices heard." Naturally, these are states she has either won or is projected to win handily, given that they were ousted from the national convention. It is a thinly-veiled power grab and essentially, it would steal the nomination. As quoted in The Opinionator, writer Ezra Klein sums it up:
This is the sort of decision that has the potential to tear the party apart. 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.
If Hillary Clinton gets those delegates seated and runs off with the nomination in this backhanded bullshit way, I'm happy to say this right now: in November, I will hand my vote to the Green Party if anyone at all.