19 March 2008

The Florida-Michigan Thing:
Not a Capital One Bowl Recap

Does all this talk about do-overs and superdelegates has you muttering, "What the fuck?" Me too. So far, this is all I know:

Florida and Michigan had their primaries in January, which was a violation of party rules because they were held too early. The Democratic National Committee (DNC, yeah you know me!) has declared both of those primaries invalid. Hillary would have won both states had those results been valid. Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan, obviously because they hate black people there.

The significance of this is that those two states would have sat 336 delegates, all of which would have been voting for Clinton. As your dumb ass can tell from the graphic at the top, Obama leads by 128 delegates.

Since accountability is absent from any politician's credo, and since the DNC has realized that the race for the nomination is too close to warrant passivity, a sect of the party is scrambling to devise a way to let Florida and Michigan off the hook. From sfgate.com:

The fairest approach would be to schedule binding contests in Michigan and Florida. [Another] primary in each state would seem unlikely because of the cost and logistics it would impose on state and local governments. A more practical alternative would be to hold caucuses in each state, with the costs being absorbed by the Democratic National Committee. Clinton, who has been arguing for the seating of the delegates from the nonbinding January primaries, obviously has no interest in a do-over in Michigan or Florida - especially because Obama has performed particularly well in the caucus format.

I love how "fair" to them just means "whatever Hillary is interested in doing." I understand that some homosexuals live in San Francisco. I think that's great.

Anyway, this whole shitheap is still up in the air, and everyone's weighing in. Conservative pundit Glenn Beck, who's not nearly as bad as Ann Coulter, says "Rules is rules."

Americans aren't disenfranchised because our leaders won't count votes in a couple of states. They're disenfranchised because our leaders aren't doing their jobs. They're disenfranchised because after working hard to support their families and to raise kids who understand the difference between right and wrong, their leaders do exactly the opposite.

In the cases of Florida and Michigan, I've patiently listened to all the moving arguments about why there should be a "do-over," but quite honestly, they're not arguments at all. They're excuses. If this race wasn't so close, or if these states offered a combined 36 delegates instead of 366, do you really think anyone would care? Of course not.

Honestly, I think they should have a do-over of that Capital One Bowl. How the fuck did Lloyd Carr manage to win a bowl game?

1 comment:

foos said...

wah wah wah.... Hillary is such a whiney little cunt. If she were leading, there's no way in hell she's pushing for this. They should just go at it in the octagon... whoever survives is the nominee