Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Say No To Michigan

The Michigan Democratic ballot is a sham that was rigged by Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband and her supporters to give the nation the impression that she’s the leading candidate in Michigan, an angry former Sen. Don Riegle said Monday. [....] “What happened in Michigan is not very different from what used to happen in the old Soviet Union,” Riegle said. “The Clinton machine manipulated the ballot. They don’t care how they win, only that they do. It’s wrong and people need to know that.”

Riegle's always been an embarrassment and it's interesting to see him come out of retirement to remind us.

Here's what happened and it couldn't be simpler. Michigan, tired of its primary not mattering, scheduled it earlier, breaking party rules. As punishment, the national Dems (childishly, in my opinion) decided not to count the delegates chosen in the vote.

This was the perfect opening for two of the three main candidates, who knew they were in for a tough race against the front-runner, to costlessly wimp out and not run. (They could even pretend what they're doing is noble.) If anyone "manipulated" the ballot, it was Edwards and Obama.


Blogger QueensGuy said...

So what would have been an appropriate, non-childish punishment? Or do we just keep leapfrogging until the new meaning of Super Two's-Day is January 2 for all primaries?

12:33 PM, January 16, 2008  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Let the states decide when and where to hold their primaries--it's not as if there's some rational system in place already(Iowa and New Hampshire rule the country--ha!). The candidates can react accordingly.

The national Dems just want to flex their muscles. Unless they plan to tell each and every state exactly when to do it after having studied the situtation for years--rather than set up a catch-as-catch-can system that they change every time they lose an election--they should just leave it alone.

1:46 PM, January 16, 2008  

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