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Hillary's opportunistic flip-flop

   WASHINGTON -- Just as John Kerry voted for funding the Iraq War before he voted against it, Hillary Clinton was against recognizing the delegates from the rogue Michigan and Florida primaries before she was for it.

  "We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique and special role in the nominating process," Patti Solis Doyle, then the Clinton campaign manager, said last summer, after the Democratic National Committee stripped Michigan and Florida of their convention delegates. "And we believe the DNC's rules and its calendar provide the necessary structure to respect and honor that role."

   Flash-forward to Jan. 25, after Clinton lost to Barack Obama in Iowa and a day before Obama would crush her in the South Carolina primary, and suddenly, Clinton had a change of heart.

   "I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so I will ask my Democratic convention delegates to support seating the delegations from Florida and Michigan," she said in a statement.

   Now, finally, the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee is about to meet to decide who's right --Clinton, or Clinton.

   What say you? Who's right? Clinton circa 2007 or Clinton circa 2008?

-- Jerry Zremski

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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