Woo-hoo! We’re just one day away from the Clusterf*ck to the White House being O-V-E-R! …Or are we?
Tomorrow marks the day when a DNC panel decides what to do about the delegates from Michigan and Florida. Originally, the DNC decided that as penalty for violating rules and moving up their state primaries, Michigan and Florida would not have their delegates count toward the nomination. Clinton and Obama both backed this decision – in fact, Obama went so far as to remove his name from the Michigan ballot.
Fast forward a few months to Clinton trailing Obama in the race. Should Michigan and Florida’s delegates be seated, Obama’s projected lead would shrink substantially. And seating the delegates is exactly what Clinton’s lawyers are urging the DNC panel to do. The panel has the ability to seat – or not seat – these delegates in whatever manner it sees fit.
I’m torn on this issue. On the one hand, these voters deserve to have their voices heard as much as the rest of us. Combined, these states make up close to 10% of the population. That’s a lot of people to disenfranchise. On the other hand, did Clinton have her fingers crossed when she said not to seat the delegates originally? You can’t say one thing and then change your position when it no longer serves your own interests. I mean, if I want a Republican in office again, I can just vote for McCain.
I think the best result would be a compromise: seat half the delegates from Florida, in proportion to the results. This would allow the voters of Florida some, albeit reduced, representation, but would also force the DNC to stick to the rules they set forth and the candidates to stand by their word. You can’t fairly seat the delegates from Michigan since they all go to Clinton by default. Obama tried to respect the party by removing his name from the ballot and would wind up being allotted zero delegates as a result. That disrespects the entire process, in my opinion.
Whatever happens, tomorrow will certainly be an historic day!