MI and FL Superdelegates May Be Seated
This isn't a compromise, but the possible outcome of a complaint filed with the Rules Committee. Via Marc Ambinder:
Last week, DNC member Jon Ausman filed a petition with the party's rules and bylaws committee pointing out that the charter of the DNC uses the verb "shall" when describing the relationship between superdelegates and the convention, as in -- superdelegates "shall" be seated. The argument, basically, is that the charter supercedes any penalty imposed by the RBC. The counterarguement is that the verb "shall" is later qualified.
The 28 members of the DNC's Rules and Bylaws committee may well decide that the challenge has validity and may well decide to seat the superdelegates from Florida, and then, should there be a similar petition from Michigan, the superdelegates from Michigan.
This has nothing to do with the disenfranchisement of Florida's 1.7 million voters, and I doubt that Florida's superdelegates will make much of a difference in the long run. But....[More...]
But maybe if the superdelegate penalty can be set aside, so can the penalty on the voters.
One of the sticking points holding up a possible do-over election in Michigan is a rule that would ban anyone who voted in the Republican presidential primary from voting again.
That ban would apply even to Democrats or independents who asked for a GOP ballot because Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the only major candidate left on the Jan. 15 Democratic ballot.
Sounds like a fair rule to me. If someone is going to switch parties to vote for a Republican because they don't like the likely Democratic nominee, why should they have a say in the party's final choice?
My view is that all Democratic primaries should be limited to Democrats. The party's nominee is not the public's nominee, its the preference of party members. Everyone else can vote in the general election.
Update: Via Reuters:
Opposition from lawmakers backing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's campaign seemed certain to scuttle any proposal to hold a June 3 "do-over" Democratic primary in the Midwestern state.
Thursday is the deadline for a revote as the legislature then goes on a two week break.
Michigan has voted Democratic in every presidential race since 1992.
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