Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Do Over!

Hey y'all, remember that time that we, Michigan and Florida, got all pissed because the DNC let stupid Iowa and New Hampshire move THEIR primaries up be first, as always, and then we tried to move ours early but we got in trouble so they took away our delegates? Can we call a do-over? Seriously, come on. We appreciate the irony that had we left our shiznit alone, we'd have played a critical role in the race now. How were we to know?!

Ah, sweet political irony, how I love thee.

The new contests could be part of a strategy for Clinton to come back in the race and attract votes from superdelegates who are not bound by any primary or caucus votes, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told the network. "Let's assume for the moment Hillary Clinton wins Ohio and Texas, she wins Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan have primaries in June, she wins both of those," said Rendell, who has endorsed Clinton. "Then, can the superdelegates look at that and say, `Gosh, she's won the last five big primaries in a row. She's won almost every big primary since we began.'"

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Clinton supporter, told the Detroit Free Press that Clinton's victory in Ohio changes "the landscape a bit." She said it could open the door to a caucus, if it can be privately funded and both candidates agree.
Emphasize privately funded and maybe - mayyyybe this plan could make sense. The governors of both states are "demanding" the national party seat their delegates. I think the governors should have demanded their state party leadership and whomever calendars elections there not be so damn knee-jerk and try to play ball against the flippin' DNC. How about that?

By the way, Jennifer Granholm is frequently cited as a woman who would make a superb president. Sadly, she's a dang Canadian by birth, so she can join Madeline Albright in our American Hall of Fame for Amazing Women We Can't Draft.

Anyway - DNC Chair Howard "If Only" Dean summed it up the only way he could (but I'm still glad he said it this way):

"The Democratic Nominee will be determined in accordance with party rules, and out of respect for the presidential campaigns and the states that did not violate party rules, we are not going to change the rules in the middle of the game," he said.
Just another exciting chapter in the 2008 primary cycle - the election that's done more to awaken Americans to the existance of political parties than I think anyone would have predicted we needed. Good stuff.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just for the record, Barack Obama said some time ago that he would have no problem competing if the states were allowed to hold "do over" primaries.

However, the New York Times reported this morning that the Clinton campaign was objecting to allowing the two states in question to vote again. They want the delegates without having to make a real fight, which is typical of the way they think.