Saturday, May 31, 2008
And no, I'm not talking about the upcoming anniversary next week of the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6.
The D-day I'm talking about is the meeting that's being held today in Washington DC to sort out the mess Florida and Michigan created when they bucked Democratic Party rules and held their presidential primaries before January 29.
They were punished by having all their delegates for this year's convention taken away. But with Florida and Michigan being critical swing states in the fall election campaign, the DNC was going to come to some compromise bout this situation.
The problem is twofold. If you reinstate the delegates, how many and how are they allocated since Sen. Obama and the other Democratic candidates all agreed to not campaign in the punished states primaries. Hillary Clinton agreed to the rules at first, then reneged and campaigned in Florida. Now she's trying to claim all the delegates by asserting she 'won' both states.
Yeah, right. It's easy to win when no one else is competing against you.
The result she wants, seating all the delegates and Sen. Obama getting none of the Michigan ones ain't happening. Michigan and Florida clearly broke the rules and they must be enforced. If you dont, during the 2012 Presidential election cycle you'll have more states trying to pull what Florida and Michigan did and we may end up with the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary happening during the 2011 Christmas season or earlier.
At best they should split them 50-50, but it's up to the 30 person Rules and Bylaws Committee. Let's hope they come up with a solution that is acceptable to all parties and we can focus on kicking GOP behind this fall.