One last note on the Florida and Michigan controversy. Regardless of who you support and regardless of how you feel about seating the delegates, there is only one person to blame for this controversy. Howard Dean.
As Pat Buchanan just pointed out on MSNBC, God I can’t believe I’m citing him, the Republican party handled this much better than the Democratic party. They penalized FL and MI but still made sure that their voice were counted. When the DNC stripped ALL of the delegates from these two states, they invited this fall out. Especially after allowing IA and NH to move their dates up. There’s only one person to Blame and thats Howard Dean.
Look I’m a Dean supporter, I think he should stay chairman of the DNC, but he screwed the pooch big time on this one.
Part of me can’t help but wonder how much his feud with the Clinton’s influenced his decision…
From MSNBC’s First Read:
As we have noted plenty in the past year, Democrats have enormous advantages heading into November’s presidential election: They lead by a large margin in generic ballot match-ups; their candidates have raised mountains of more money than their GOP counterparts have; and they’ve bested the Republican Party in turnout numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire. But is the increasingly nasty Clinton-Obama race opening a wound that might not completely heal in time for the general election? The latest incident yesterday was when Clinton supporter (and BET founder) Bob Johnson unmistakably invoked Obama youthful drug use and — if that wasn’t enough — referred to him as Sidney Poitier. Women and African Americans are the two most reliable Democratic voting blocs, and one of them will be greatly disappointed (and hurt) when we finally have a Dem nominee. How many unaffiliated Democrats are biting their nails in nervousness wondering if this developing rift between women and blacks will heal in time for the general? Most likely, this all means that whoever comes out on top — Clinton or Obama — is going to have a lot of work to do to reach out to the losing candidate. Will the two have no choice but to run with each other on the same ticket?
Anyone who’s been following the democratic primary over the last few days probably noticed the rapidly increasing schism among the democratic voters. As First Read notes, there’s one side composed of young voters and half of the African American population that supports Obama there’s another side composed of women, older voters, and the other half of the African American community that supports Clinton. With the flair up of attacks between the two campaigns this weekend over the issue of race, the party is definetely in danger of opening up wounds that are too deep to win in November. On either side, supporters are swearing not to vote for Clinton or Obama.
However I doubt that this divide will do too much harm in November. The incentive to rally around the Democrat nominee in order to beat the Republican nominee is too large. There’ Supreme Court Justices, the War, Universal Health Care,etc. But I do think that the heat of this race is increasing the probability of a Clinton/Obama ticket in November, particularly if Clinton wins the nomination.
If this is the case, thats good news for the Democratic party. A Clinton/Obama ticket would allow democrats to unify the mantra of Experience AND Change into an overwhelming Tour-de-Force which could blow by the Republicans and into the White House.
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