Alright, so lately we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about a do-over primary here in Michigan, and possibly in Florida. For now, we’re going to leave out Florida, because it seems like actual progress for a plan is moving quicker in Michigan.
Personally, I think it’s a terrible idea for the Democratic Party – but if they do do it, I think that it would be great for the Republican Party come November.
Here’s what’s been proposed by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) (yes, she’s Mayor Kwame’s mother, and unfortunately my representative [13thCongressional District] – one of the most liberal people in the house. She wants us to pull out of Afghanistan! Most Democrats support the war in Afghanistan. That and her office is the most disorganized thing I’ve ever seen in my life), United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, and Democratic National Committee Member Debbie Dingell:
A primary would be held sometime in June (the rumor has been June 3rd).
The primary would be run by the Secretary of State, but funded by the Clinton and Obama campaigns.
Anybody would be allowed to vote as long as they did not vote in the Republican Primary (Michigan does not keep track of party registration, only who takes which ballot).
The group put out this statement on Saturday: “We agree that the Michigan delegation should be seated at the convention, and without a fight before the Credentials Committee or on the floor of the convention.”
Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer called the movement a “good first step.”
The Michigan Legislature would have to pass a law, since it would be run by the Secretary of State (Terri Lynn Land [Republican]). The Senate Republicans (who are in control) have said that they would not stand in the way, but some Democrats in the Democratic controlled House may oppose it. As of now, nobody is getting delegates, and even if Obama does lose, the delegates that he would win (because it would be a proportionally awarded system) might push him over the magical number.
In addition to the Michigan Legislature, both the Obama and Clinton campaigns would have to back the plan. Obama released this statement, “I will continue to work with all involved to resolve the issue of seating our delegates at the National Convention,” while Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman said, “We hope a resolution can be arrived at that is fair and practical, and look forward to building a winning campaign in Michigan for November.” As of yet, Clinton has not released a statement.
So, how do Democrats feel? Well, let me introduce my friend and roommate, Livid Liberal, who I have allowed to guest post so that we could get the view of a Democrat on this (and he’s just one of many Democrats that I know that share this view):
As a first-time voter the Democratic Party has done a wonderful job destroying my enthusiasm for politics. I’m going to start out by saying that I feel like the voters of Michigan were screwed over by the DNC. First we’re told we are not going to be allowed to vote just because a few of our people managed to upset the party. Those of us who were educated and informed didn’t want our votes to go to waste so we decided to vote in the Republican primary. At least that way someone is listening to our opinion. Now after all the hassle about how we broke the rules and how we deserved not to have our opinion count (a violation of the democratic value of equality I might add) it turns out the Democrats actually want our opinion. Unfortunately the Democrats really managed to screw things up because the informed Dems voted in the Republican primary and won’t be able to participate in the real primary. I suppose they don’t have a choice unless they let all the Republican voters participate also, but it seems like those of us who were trying to plan ahead and not throw away a vote are now being punished for doing what at the time was the most reasonable choice presented to a Democratic voter in Michigan.
I agree wholeheartedly. If you’re going to hold a primary, you should open it to everybody. And you better bet that I’m going to vote in it. The Democrats crossed over in 2000 and 2008, so do you honestly think that I’m going to sit here when I have the opportunity to vote for both a Republican and Democrat? NO!
We’ll have to wait and see what happens – if the Obama or Clinton people in the House fear that it’ll help their opponent too much, they may vote it down, and this will become a non-issue.
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