Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Florida and Michigan

Two questions about Florida and Michigan keep coming up:

Should we count their votes when we ask the question "who won the popular vote?"

Should we seat none, some or all of their delegates?
My answer is no and none.

Florida and Michigan have fouled the water and now they want us all to drink. To hell with that. They elected their legislatures. Their legislatures set the timing of their primaries. They knew what would happen. Why are we still discussing this?

As for the popular vote question - how can this even matter? How fair is this to Democrats in caucus states? Assuming you can get past that problem, how do you count Michigan votes for Obama - he wasn't even on the ballot!

And as far as the sunshine state of election-dysfunction, how fair is it to count votes in a place the candidates agreed not to campaign. Given Hillary's name recognition in Florida, don't you think Barack would have done better with a little campaigning?

Florida and Michigan chose to drop out this year. They chose to sit this one out. If we don't want complete chaos in 2012, we should let them do just that.

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posted at 7:02:00 AM by Neil

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