Remember earlier in the year when, thanks to Florida's screwy election rules, the Democratic presidential primary didn't really count? Well now President-elect Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, is saying what a lot of people were thinking: If the Florida primary would have been an actual primary, Hillary Clinton would probably be president-elect right now — or maybe the losing candidate, but certainly not just stuck with some dumb consolation prize at Foggy Bottom.
Obama gained a lot of momentum thanks to his South Carolina victory, but would have almost certainly lost Florida three days later even if it were a real race, Plouffe says.
Of course Florida did count, if only half, on the Republican side, and John McCain's victory here propelled him to front-runner status to decide who would lose to either Obama or Clinton in November.
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So, when Hillary uses her power as secretary of state to sell us to Cuba, don't be surprised.