Saturday, May 31, 2008

Florida and Michigan Delegates

The party of "Count of every vote" is an absolute mess.

The Democrats can't even get a primary right.

It's mind-boggling to me that Americans would even consider putting the incompetent Dems in power.

WASHINGTON -- Supporters for Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton staked out competing positions Saturday as Democrats searched for a compromise to seat disputed convention delegations from Florida and Michigan and clear the way for a smooth end to the marathon struggle for the presidential nomination.

In the opening hours of a daylong meeting of the party'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," Florida 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 reconciliation with Florida's voters."

Obama supporters cheered loudly when he spoke, but there were boos from some in the audience who back Clinton.

The challenge is to "come together at the end of the day and be united," Howard Dean, the party chairman, told members of the committee gathered at a hotel across town from the White House.

...Numerous potential compromises have been discussed in recent days, all of which would allow the former first lady to draw closer to her rival, yet not threaten his hold on the nomination.

Given that Obama's nomination wouldn't be threatened by seating the Michigan and Florida delegates, I don't see what he gains or what the Democrat Party gains by forcing a compromise.

Count every vote. The results will be the same. I don't think Hillary gains much traction or influence if that's what they fear.

Yes, Florida and Michigan broke the rules. Since when did rules become important to the Democrats?

This half-vote compromise seems wrong.

Are residents of Florida and Michigan half of a person?

It sounds like a "three-fifths" compromise to me. Oooh, that's not good.

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