No Case Not to Recognize MI & FL Delegates

This morning, the DNC rules committee will meet to try and determine exactly how to solve the mess that has developed from their original decision not to recognize any delegates from Michigan or Florida. They have several options, ranging from maintaining their original decision to recognizing all of the delegates. Of course, the desire not to completely disenfranchise two critical states, and the desire to still appear to have some control over the primary system, will probably lead to some kind of compromise position, such as recognizing half of the delegates with the current results. That would put the DNC on par with what the GOP did at the start of the primary system, and hopefully (for the Democrats) prevent it from becoming a damaging campaign issue.

But there is really no case for denying any delegates to either state. Yes, you can argue that they broke the rules, but they did so because the current primary system in this country lacks a defined calendar, and, usually, gives the most influence to early states. But other than that, there really is no argument against allowing a full delegate count from each state. In Florida, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton kept their names on the ballot, meaning that no person was denied the opportunity to vote for their candidate of choice. And, in Michigan, while Obama, Edwards, and Richardson did choose to take their names off of the ballot, they did so voluntarily. In addition, “uncommitted” remained on the ballot, and was essentially a vote for either of those three candidates. It was also largely an “anybody but Clinton” vote. Of those three candidates, only Obama remains, and he has received the endorsement of the other two candidates, meaning that, at the convention, delegates from either Edwards or Richardson would likely have supported Obama.

Even if Michigan and Florida were to be recognized, Obama would still be in the lead in delegates, and the race would still fall to the Superdelegates to decide who wins the nomination, or if the race goes to the convention. He has little to lose by conceding recognition of the delegates, but not doing so could, if he is the nominee (which is still likely), come back to bite him in November.

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