The fiasco created by Florida and Michigan moving their primaries before February 5th continues to resonate as we near April. The Clinton campaign is pushing hard for revotes or, at least, sitting the current delegates. The Obama campaign is fighting equally hard to prevent that from happening. Each has a vested interest in the outcome.
Hillary must have solid wins in Florida and Michigan delegates to have any chance of winning. Knowing this her people are pushing very hard for a solution which benefits her while the Obama people are actively blocking such solutions knowing their consequences for Clinton. I'm OK with this because this is their job: strategize and operate the best you possibly can for your candidate. This is their job.
The Clinton managers are arguing several points. First they are saying these primary voters will be disenfranchised if they don't have a say in the nomination process. They also claim these states could be lost in November if voters feel the Democratic Party disenfranchised them. They also charge that since Obama voluntarily removed his name from the Michigan ballot he made his own problem there.
Conversely the Obama campaign is calling for solutions which they say are fair. Behind the scenes they have worked feverishly in Michigan to halt any new vote.
Let's recap what happened in each state. When Michigan violated DNC rules the candidates removed their names from the ballot after being urged to do so. All the major candidates did except Hillary. She took a lot of flak for remaining on the ballot when the acceptable action at the time was to boycott the state for its action. Blaming Obama now for having done the right thing then bothers me significantly. The election there was anything but fair and those delegates should not be seated without a full redo of the election.
The problem with revoting is you must restrict it to those who turned out that day, to all Democrats, to all those who voted other than on the GOP ticket, or what? There are a myriad of problems associated beyond the issue of financing a new election. A coalition of wealthy Clinton supporters came forward to guarantee funding. The Obama campaign harshly criticized this but I found no issue with the idea. They could have come up with a similar solution but were beaten to the punch by the Rendell/Corzine group.
Florida's problem was caused by their Republican legislature and Governor, not Democrats. They moved their primary and all the candidates agreed not to campaign there. Hillary's people charge that Obama violated this with cable television spots. I hadn't heard that before and I assume they're referring to national ad buys Obama took on CNN and other networks. I don't see that as a violation. Because Obama was first on the air with national ad spots doesn't constitute a violation of this agreement.
If Democrats in Florida are upset about being frozen out of the convention and nominating process I don't understand why they would turn their anger back at Democrats. They should be angry at Republicans and I hope they are smart enough (2000 anyone?) by now to realize this salient fact.
On the issue of disenfranchisement that, again, is a red herring. Millions of Democrats are disenfranchised every four years. This is the first election since 1976 in which Pennsylvania has influenced the process. Where was all this anger and rage about disenfranchisement from the Clintons in 1992 and 1996? Until we reform the primary process to insure every voter has a say in the nominating process this will always happen.
Frankly I'm getting tired of all the griping about Florida and Michigan. They broke the rules and were penalized. They had ample opportunity to remedy their situation and voters in Florida overwhelmingly said they do not want to revote. Either they can do that or they can shut up and take their medicine. Now let's discuss a real long term solution to the primary mess, one which will make it fair for everyone.
I don't blame the campaign managers because they're doing their jobs advocating for their candidates. This is a dead issue now that both states seemingly aren't going to redo their elections. If a challenge is made to the DNC Credentials Committee, as promised by the Clinton campaign, I'm going to be quite upset.