You’d think Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would simply cough up the cash and pay for a revote in Michigan and Florida. After all, this is the party that is always screaming about how this person or that person didn’t get their vote counted, though only when their side loses, so why not do it over and give everyone a shot? The reason is simple; each side wants to cook the books so they have an advantage.
Obama wants a caucus because, well, he wins those. His voters are younger or rich, therefore more able to take time out of their day to hang around someplace for hours to be counted. They are also much more likely to be motivated by pretty speeches than the actual words that make up those speeches. That’s the only real excuse for someone who has ducked every remotely difficult interviewer out there and only speaks in platitudes to be ahead of anyone, except Dennis Kucinich.
Hillary wants a primary because, well, she does better in those. Hillary’s supporters are working stiffs who have time to pop in and push a chad, but would rather get home after work than hang out and argue in a caucus. The ability to vote at any time in a huge window throughout the day is ideal for her supporters.
Plus, both states are not caucus states, they’re primary states, so Clinton has the better argument there, too.
And if they can’t come to an agreement, she has a better case for allowing the original votes to count. Obama was on the ballot in Florida and she spanked him. Even though neither officially campaigned in the state, Florida has cable and satellite, people knew what was going on in the country.
Obama wasn’t on the ballot in Michigan because he took himself off. That’s the problem with entering into an agreement with a Clinton. If Obama can be fooled by a Clinton, what do you think Hugo Chavez or Kim Jong-Il will be able to do to him (that he won’t willingly give them). But 40 percent did vote for uncommitted, Clinton would offer to give him those, which would be sensible.
Obama has to avoid the appearance of looking like he’s the one blocking a revote because it will give the impression that he doesn’t want Florida and Michigan to have their say officially. Well, he doesn’t. He’d have difficulty in those states, which is why Clinton won them the first time and why she’s for a revote now.
But if he ends up looking like he’s blocking them, that will give Hillary a great case to the superdelegates to vote for her to replace the disenfranchised. Or it the DNC will simply seat the delegates the way they were voted, if Obama stands in the way of a new vote.
Either way, Obama is screwed.
Much better to take his lumps and get the delegates he would get in a revote, since the Democrats seem to divide them up in such a childish, stupid way, and go into the convention with the victim card off the table for Hillary. Because if there’s one thing a Clinton knows how to play, it’s the victim card.