Saturday, May 31, 2008

DNC screwing over FL, MI

How easy would it be to say, "Seat the delegates"? So all the hemming and hawing means they won't seat the delegates:
Democrats went behind closed doors until 1:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, but they did not reach their goal of developing a unified proposal regarding Michigan and Florida.
Twenty-eight of the 30 members of the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee were joined by DNC Chairman Howard Dean for the marathon dinner meeting that took place in a hotel ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Today's it's raining cats and dogs in D.C., as The Big Screw-Over continues:
In the opening hours of a daylong meeting of the convention's Rules and Bylaws Committee, Clinton's designated spokeswoman urged the panel to grant a full vote for each of Florida's 211 disputed delegates.
"In life you don't get everything you want. I want it all," California State Sen. Arthenia Joyner said with a smile.
But moments later, Obama's campaign called for half-votes for each of the 211. Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida said that marked an "extraordinary concession, in order to promote to promote reconciliation with Florida's voters."
Florida Democrats ought to learn a lesson from this: Anything that doesn't fit with the DNC's pre-ordained conclusion will not be tolerated, including democracy.

UPDATE: Some shmuck at TPM contends that the Florida and Michigan primaries don't really "reflect the will of the people."

The Will of the People! That's one of those Jacobin conceptions that you don't hear much anymore. Do I hear tumbrels rolling, Madame DeFarge?

UPDATE II: Lanny Davis makes his final plea to the superdelegates, and Ed Morrisey gives it a through fisking. Frankly, I don't care if the arguments are logical or fair, so long as they keep arguing. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination, it's important that the losers feel like they got ripped off and reamed out by the DNC. Liberals have a natural tendency to fall into the victim mentality, and I want them to feel -- no, I want them to know -- that this time they are victims of the Democratic Party.


  1. Can you explain to me why the simplest answer isn't adopted? Simply ignore the rule-breaking primaries, as though they never happened, and seat Florida and Michigan delegates as uncommitted. That would make them all "super"!

  2. Such an answer would be "simplistic," Bill. Democrats always go for nuance.

  3. I wonder how many in the US now feel confident their vote will count.

    The losers are those who voted in FL and MI---retribution should have been taken out on the democratic politicians who broke the rules and not the voters.

    Look at the 3 candidates for President and tell me out of 300 million, they are the best...

    "Republicans ban books; Democrats ban speech, in the end, neither respects the vote of the people."

    An Independent