Saturday, March 8, 2008

Election 2007-Do-Over Primaries

They must be kidding!!?? This week there have been suggestions that, due to the closeness of the Clinton/Obama race for the Dem nomination, there should be do-over primaries in Florida and Michigan. I don't know much about Michigan politics, but I live in Florida, and I think that is a bad idea.

[Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Do not start to hyperventilate yet.]

First of all, we do not have do-over elections in this country!! If ever there were a case to be made for a do-over election it would have been the presidential election of 2000, but even then, we stuck to our principals that once an election is certified, it is a done deal and we all have to live with it until the next election. We are still paying for that one.

Secondly, consider the role that Florida played in that fiasco and ask yourself if we really should give Florida such significant influence this year? If the answer is "yes", please think again.

Apparently, when Florida decided to move its primary to the week before Super Tuesday, it pissed of Somebody Important in the Democratic Party. (Interestingly it didn't seem to bother the GOP. I don't know why.) As I understand it the Dems, thereupon, decided that the primary results from Florida would not count at the Convention. Correct me if I'm wrong but does that not essentially cut Florida's Democrats out of the entire nominating process? Granted, we in Florida are not exactly paragons of excellence in voting, but, hey, the Dems among us (and there must be some) deserve to participate in their own nominating process, no doubt about that.

Here's my solution. Instead of holding a mulligan election, why not just count the primary we actually held in Florida? Senator Clinton won the Florida primary. So what if Senator Obama did not campaign here? That was his choice. Dems voted in Florida. They voted for her.

Put Florida in the Clinton column and move on, people.

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