DNC changes in the air
by Jerome Armstrong, Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 06:31:10 AM EST
It looks like everyones (including Obama) desire, of lessening the power of super-delegates in the nomination process, is running into a bit of resistance.
There's a "change" committee. The "Draft Report of the Democratic Change Commission" is at work now. Any changes proposed will have to go through the Rules committee. Here's what seems to be a compromise, as a manner of protecting the super-delegate's self-interest, while decreasing their importance:
Brazile, who is not on the Change Commission but is a member of the RBC, previewed one potential compromise by suggesting the number of elected delegates pledged to future presidential candidates be increased, so that the percentage of total delegates who are unelected is reduced.
On to the other change, that of the calendar:
A commission suggestion would be to allow the first four states that held nominating contests in the January 2008 maintain their early, privileged calendar positions. But these states - Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina - would be directed to delay holding their caucuses and primaries before February 1. All other states would be forbidden from holding their nominating contests until at least the first Tuesday in March.
Another recommendation in the report suggested grouping states by "region or sub-region."
"This would not be a mandatory obligation upon the state parties," the commission stated. "The commission recommends that these clusters be staggered throughout the window to allow for a deliberative process that benefits all voters and caucus-goers through the country."
States parties that abided by the DNC's calendar would be rewarded by getting special perks at the national nominating convention.
yep, Iowa and New Hampshire go first. Its fine with me.
The best case scenario for these sort of fiascoes is not increased control by the DNC of the nomination process, but having no calendar control at all. Until crazy total-control ideas like regional primaries no longer get brought up as solutions, I'll stick with the prediction that the process will only work as long as it doesn't matter, and when it does matter, we'll get things like '08.But not in '12 for Democrats. '12 is going to be the year of the Republican nomination fiasco. Given their winner-take-all glut of contests, its ripe for happening if they don't decide quickly (like they always do).
Oh yea, the 3rd change (or lack thereof): Caucuses. How could I forget. It only really worked in Iowa, and even there, it took a lot longer than it needs too. I really liked the caucus from a political standpoint, as I could stand there and examine the total demographic that existed in each candidates space for 45 minutes while they all stood together. Other than that, well, neighbors got to talk to eachother, terrific too. As an electoral process, its weak, and needs to be abolished everywhere but Iowa. It sounds like they will implement a "best practices" like the "learn from Iowa" process that was used in Nevada (oh, that worked like a gem).