The rule was made to keep the primaries organized, not to either franchise or disenfranchise voters. Florida and Michigan party officials had ample time to adjust their schedules to meet the requirements that THEY signed on for. They were warned repeatedly. What foolishness they thought it would bring is beyond me other than they wanted to be the king maker.
Another way of saying it is that they didn't want to not be the kingmaker.
The rule was simple. Breaking it was simple. Fixing it prior to the primaries was simple. Why Florida and Michigan VOTERS didn't address it with their leaders to insure they were counted is not so simple.
Poor leadership all around. It's like Keyser SÃ¶ze, killing his enemies, their families, their business associates and so on. People who had no part in creating a bad situation are punished.
But if you "bend" this rule, what other rules do you "bend" that might give someone else a different advantage? Either you abide by the rules package that EVERYONE agreed to or you throw them all out the window and start over.
You don't think they BOTH found ways to hedge their bets? Hillary stayed on the ballot in MI and Barack? Delegates
Do we really need another election that has Florida's inability to handle an election process at the forefront of the news?
Perhaps Perot wasn't too far off with his "crazy Aunt in the basement" remark?
When I found out Al Sharpton's position, I felt better about my own.
Al Sharpton Said Seating Delegates From Florida And Michigan At The DNC Would Be A Grave Injustice
Seating delegates from Florida and Michigan at the Democratic National Convention would be a grave injustice, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Wednesday in a break with prominent civil rights leaders. "I firmly believe that changing the rules now, and seating delegates from Florida and Michigan at this point would not only violate the Democratic Party's rules of fairness, but also would be a grave injustice," Sharpton said in a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. [AP, 2/13/08 ] Barack Obama | Change We Can Believe In |
Sharpton threatens lawsuit over FL, MI - First Read - msnbc.com