Well, this came as a move that we all knew would happen, but it doesn’t make it any less disgusting. After complaining and whining about seating Michigan and Florida’s delegates (156 and 211 delegates, respectively), and settling on a compromise that would still make him pretty safe to win the nomination, Obama has decided that he wants to seat all of Florida and Michigan’s delegates to the DNC, with FULL votes (they were all going to be seated with 1/2 votes).
Here’s an excerpt from a letter he wrote to the Credential Committee: “As these delegates go about the important business of the Convention, I believe Party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories.”
Well, that’s convenient. Now that you’re safe, you have them seated. Now, even having all of these delegates seated now wouldn’t give Clinton the victory, but it may have changed the outcome. Who knows what kind of butterfly effect could’ve happened if Clinton had more of a chance of actually achieving a majority of the delegates. I don’t think she’ll do anything, but Obama isn’t doing this because he wants them seated, he’s doing it purely for his political image and personal gain. If he cared about those states’ voters, he’d have done this before.
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Democratic Party activist Debbie Dingell put out a joint statement saying, “This underscores the need for a fairer and more sensible process for selecting presidential nominees. We have always been confident that Michigan would have a full delegation and a full vote.”
Meanwhile, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman said, “Today is a proud day for all of us who fought so hard to ensure Floridians votes are fully counted. [Obama has proved] his commitment to uniting the party and ending the uncertainty surrounding the process.”
Alexis Herman, James Roosevelt Jr. and Eliseo Roques-Arroyo, the 3 co-chairs of the Credentials Committee, said that this will be their “top priority” in their August 24th meeting, and went on to say, “As always our goal is to ensure a fair process and a unified Democratic Party so that we can win in November.”
Obama later told reporters, “As we prepare to come together in Denver, however, we must be — and will be — united in our determination to change the course of our nation.”
Obama is nothing but scum for doing this this way. Hopefully the voters of Michigan and Florida see through his scheme and don’t vote for him this November.
Tags: 2008 Election, 2008 Primary, Alexis Herman, Barack Obama, Carl Levin, Chairman, Convention, Credentials Committee, Debbie Dingell, Delegates, Democrat, Democratic National Committee, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, DNC, Election, Eliseo Roques-Arroyo, Florida, Florida Democratic Party, General Election, Hillary Clinton, James Roosevelt Jr., John McCain, Karen Thurman, Michigan, Politics, Primary, Republican, Senator