Thursday, March 06, 2008

Do Over In Florida and Michigan

This is just too good to not comment upon. When the state Democratic Parties in Florida and Michigan decided to move up their primaries in protest of Iowa and New Hampshire's first dibs on presidential nomination, the DNC told them them that their votes would not count.

Each political party sets its rules for the presidential nomination process. In this case, the DNC has trumped the state parties.

Neither state thought the nomination process would be this close at this time -- the time they might have conducted their normal presidential primaries. Now they are are in an up-roar over their states' not having a say in their party's presidential nomination.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) warned the Democratic National Committee Thursday that it is facing the “biggest train wreck you’ve ever seen” if a standoff is not resolved over his state’s pledged delegates to the party’s presidential nominating convention.

Nelson sent a letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean Thursday asking the committee to either accept the Jan. 29 results of the primary election or pay for a redo of the elections, which could cost in the range of $20 million.
DNC Chair Howard Dean said they would not pay for the do-over. You can't write this drama.

In hindsite, why did Florida and Michigan preceed to hold their useless primaries? Why did they spend the money on something that would not count? Unless they were in the Mrs. Clinton camp to begin with ... the only one on the ballot.

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