Sunday, June 01, 2008
Democrats Blow It
It really was quite simple, but simple is a foreign word to the Democratic National Committee, the various Democratic state apparatus, basically anything to do with the party. Watching this entire primary season unfold, comparing it to the seem less system the Republicans have in place, is it any wonder why many Americans have the impression the Democrats are the party of excessive regulation, people that could turn making toast into a 33 page SOP.
It is true, Florida and Michigan played outside of the rules, in essence their belligerence forced the DNC to sanction them. However, once the arcane process continued, proportional delegates, based on regions, overall totals, caucuses with multiple voting, open primaries, mixed primaries, closed primaries, primaries and caucuses, it became clear, something would have to be done about Florida and Michigan. After all, it was really just a bunch of party hacks that went out of bounds, hardly fair to punish ordinary voters, leaving them no say in the process. In the end, it was another bunch of party hacks that decided how to carve up the delegates, in a way that was completely arbitrary.
Clinton can't win, no matter how the delegates were allotted, so the final outcome is more about resolution, than changing the race. In the end, all that matters, is everyone is satisfied, people don't feel disenfranchised, Democrats emerge united. When you think of the importance of these two states come November, Obama and Clinton are secondary, the real issue is ensuring the voters are happy with the outcome.
Getting back to SIMPLE, there was one solution, that would have avoided the spectacle of yesterday, with angry voters pledging to vote for McCain, yelling, protests, editorials- it's call a REDO. That's right, the greatest democracy on earth, the one that brags to the world about its system, can't REDO two primaries, in two states. No, that was such a herculian task, the option was dismissed. People can argue why both states chose not to REDO the primaries, clearly there was some political consideration, but it serves as a fundamental failure, and for that reason, the Democrats are getting exactly what they deserve. The money was there for the REDO, but somehow, it was too cumbersome to let people vote, fair and square, nobody bitter, no bad press, harmony. The kicker, a REDO probably would have had no effect on the who is the nominee, even if it did, isn't that democracy after all.
Yesterday was the climax of a self-created maelstorm, that never had to be, but did because some party hacks reacted to another bunch of party hacks, all the while, leaving voters as irrelevant pawns. Whomever you support, the objective truth here, the real casualty is democracy, and for that reason, I have no sympathy for the Democrats, in terms of fallout.
Posted by Steve V at 3:33 PM