The Democratic National Committee (DNC) warned Michigan and Florida months ago that they would lose their delegates if they held their primaries in January. The candidates agreed not to campaign in those states, and the delegates were lost, per the candidates’ agreement and the DNC’s ruling.
Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton, in some creative interpretation of said agreement, proceeded to make “non-campaign” appearances in Florida and even promised the populace she would fight to get the state’s delegates reinstated. Then today it was reported that the DNC is pressuring Michigan and Florida to hold caucuses so the delegates they lost last month can be seated at the convention.
What sort of perverted thinking is going on at the DNC? Is a rule a rule? Is a decision a decision? Is this any way to run a party? Would this be any way to run a country?
As if that weren’t bad enough, there’s the issue of the Democrats’ superdelegates. Never mind that the states are holding primaries and caucuses to express their preferences and select their convention delegates. The superdelegates aren’t committed to any particular candidate and could choose to subvert the will of the people. So much for free, fair, open democratic elections.
If the DNC “forgets” its original ruling and seats the Michigan and Florida delegates, or if the superdelegates upset the candidate preferred by the voters, there will be a political stink the likes of which this country hasn’t seen in a century.
Americans have a strong sense of fair play. They expect the rules to be in place and agreed to by the participants before the game starts. The unwritten rule about rules says no one is allowed to change the rules while the game is in progress.
The game has begun. If the DNC changes the rules now, the Democrats may yet succeed in snatching defeat from the jaws of a near-certain November victory.
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