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Democrats cried 'voter disenfranchisement !' in the 2000 presidential elections.
Democrats cried 'voter disenfranchisement !' in the 2004 presidential elections.
So there was more than a touch of irony when Democrats disenfranchised the voters of two entire states in their own 2008 presidential primary elections. You couldn't make this stuff up. Nobody would believe it. I hate to say I told you so Dems, but you made Howard Dean the head of the Democratic National Committee all on your own...so...
I told you so.
As if it wasn't bad enough that the Democrats hold enough super delegates in reserve (796) to trump the will of the people in any reasonably close primary election, now the decision over what to do about Florida and Michigan hangs over their heads like the sword of Damocles.
And the Democrats don't seem to have the slightest idea what to do about it. There's leadership for you. I even heard one Democratic pol from Florida blaming the whole thing on the Republicans. I guess some habits are hard to break.
The would-be leaders of the Democratic party, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, offered their own self-serving "solutions" (and with a straight face too ! Politicians are a special breed).
Hillary says the Florida and Michigan primaries should be counted, even though everyone knew they wouldn't count beforehand, and Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan (note - "Uncommitted" received 40% of the vote against Hillary in Michigan. There's a ringing endorsement of the former first lady, I mean co-president). Hillary's "solution" would result in two huge wins for, who else - Hillary. Pure integrity, that gal. At this point, I would like to take a moment to congratulate the left for finally catching on to the tactics of the Clintons, albeit 15 years too late. Welcome to the light.
For his part, Obama offered a "compromise" position, whereby each he and Hillary would get 50% of the delegates in the two states. Beautiful solution, Barack. It disenfranchises the voters, and virtually guarantees that you are the nominee. More integrity right back at ya, Hillary.
Let's call both of these candidates the unDemocrats, and the whole process the unDemocratic primaries.
On the plus side, the voters in both Puerto Rico and Guam will be enfranchised, and may even play a crucial role. The second irony is that these people who can't even devise a fair primary election are vying to run the country. Yep, I bet they'll be able to manage universal health care just wonderfully.
I suppose eventually the Dems will realize there have to be do-overs in Florida and Michigan, since angering the voters in two big swing states won't be very helpful when the general election rolls around. I'm pretty sure someone will make Howard Dean aware of that. Of course, the best course would be to remove Dean as head of the DNC and replace him with someone more competent, like maybe Brownie.
I can see it now. There will be no nominee when the Democratic Convention starts. Obama will hold a 75 delegate lead, and Hillary will have captured the popular vote and won the big swing states (this is my dream scenario). The super delegates will
And it's a tie with only one super delegate left !
And that super delegate is...
Bill Clinton !
With Al Sharpton standing right next to him.
So Bill picks Obama.
Then Hillary is named as Obama's vice president (following the divorce).
Nine months later, Obama becomes the first U.S. president to commit suicide.