The debate increases daily over whether to count and include the votes from Florida and Michigan and whether Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton should cede the nomination for Democrat presidential candidate to Senator Barack Obama.
Voting: Should the primary votes cast in Florida and Michigan, after being excluded by the Democrat party, be included with the totals at the convention? Absolutely not. Before the primary season started, Florida, Michigan, candidates and voters understood the ground rules: Florida and Michigan changed primary dates without the approval of the party therefore those states are punished. PERIOD.
If the voters in Florida and Michigan feel disenfranchised, the voters should confront not the Democrat party, but the foolish decision-makers that moved the primary. Should Clinton and Obama have any say in the inclusion of these votes at the Convention? NO. The party made a decision and now the party must live with that decision.
But for some reason, now that the nomination process is close and voters actually like both candidates (or dislike equally-not sure which) members of the Democrat party want to change the rules mid-stream. If the party does count the votes of Michigan and Florida in any way, shape or form, the Party will lose credibility (if it has any). The Primary election is not some childhood game of checkers when the rules change to suit the circumstances and the players. The rules were created to dictate the process and control the circumstances, not the other way around.
Campaign continues: Senator Clinton continues to rally the troops in an effort to gain the nomination. Based on my understanding of the rules of the process, Clinton has no obligation to stop fighting until such time as the Party announces the nomination at the convention. The United States is a republic. We are free. Clinton believes that she can win the nomination, that she can sway delegates and that is her right.
If the Party decides after the 2008 election to change that rule, as well, making it impossible for a candidate in a close nomination race to continue her campaign when the delegate count remains close or the primary campaign lasts “too long,” the Party would do a disservice to its members and voters. We are entitled to a choice.
For too long, this country has settled on the lowest common denominator as a candidate for each party without considerations for actual change (not the mythical change propounded by donkey and elephant candidates). If either Party shies away from scrutiny of its candidate and the Party’s platform, beliefs and positions, then perhaps the voters should speak for themselves. Perhaps the Parties need change ultimately not the voters or the government. Consider whether either of these groups serve this country with any sort of respect or dignity or do the parties serve their immediate constituency?
Rules are established to control the chaos. Maybe the people making the rules should be Changed.