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Laughing at Florida and Michigan

I must say I am laughing my butt off at the states of Michigan and Florida.  If they had kept their original primary dates, their elections would likely have been critical, if not decisive, in the Democratic nomination.  Both would have gotten full-bore candidate attention, much as Ohio and now Pennsylvania have.  It could have been them who were joining Iowa in the great vote sell-off, trading delegates for promises of ethanol subsidies or whatever the states are perceived to want.  But instead, in a bid to become more relevant, they tried to skirt the rules and in the process became irrelevant.  So instead of promising Floridians that they will enhance old age benefits or doing something with Cuba, the candidates instead are out there promising Pennsylvanians and Ohioans that they will throttle our North American trading partners.

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 11:38 PM | Permalink

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What's really funny about Florida is that legislation that set the early dates came from Democratic legislators.

Personally, I don't understand why states can even meddle in party issues. Let the parties have the primaries when they want - and pay for them.

Posted by: Doug Murray | Apr 23, 2008 12:13:41 PM

Meh, Floridians can't even read a ballot... who cares if their votes get counted or not?

Posted by: Erik The Red | Apr 23, 2008 3:24:49 PM

I find this sort of thing very encouraging, as it's all another symptom of the dysfunctional internals and leadership of the Democrat party. Whatever else Howard Dean may be, he clearly can not manage his people.

As the two remaining Democrat presidential wannabee's form their firing squads in a circular formation......

Posted by: Bill | Apr 23, 2008 3:47:45 PM

And these people want to run the richest and most militarily powerful country in the history of the world...It would be funny if their relentless demagoguery were not turning tens of millions of our citizens into cynical, conspiracy believing, marxists wannabees...The founding fathers must truly be disappointed.

Posted by: Scott Wiggins | Apr 23, 2008 6:17:28 PM

I don't know for sure if this is true, but it was my understanding that a Republican legislature in FL set the primary date. Of course, I probably heard that from a democrat spinmeister.

In any case, writing them out of the national delegate selection was done by the Democrats. Is this how they plan to run the country? Scary? For that matter, scary that anyone would plan to run the country.

Posted by: John Moore | Apr 23, 2008 10:25:28 PM

John,

It was both parties. NYTimes to the rescue!

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/04/us/politics/04florida.html

Note the hubris of Florida's speaker of the house...

Posted by: Xmas | Apr 24, 2008 7:01:15 AM

John & Xmas,

Certainly it took the support of the Republican legislature and the Republican governor to pass the bill sponsored by Democratic Senator Jeremy Ring of Ft. Lauderdale.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080310/BLOG29/388561760

Posted by: Doug Murray | Apr 24, 2008 9:36:13 AM

Florida Chair Karen Thurman and senior Sen. Bill Nelson are appearing regularly on newscasts to complain about the "injustice" done to voters. That may cheer the party faithful, but they have no legitimate case.
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