A Toast to the DNC:
by moevaughn, Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 01:42:23 PM EDT
May your glass be always half full.
The DNC owed and still owes the Florida Democratic Party and Democratic voters a big, belated thank-you and also a big apology.
The DNC could have given the Florida Democrats the belated acknowledgement and praise they deserve for getting voter verification/paper trail legislation last year through a legislature in which Republicans outnumber Democrats by two to one. And the national Party could have taken this opportunity for apologizing for their earlier failure to celebrate that great achievement, which the Democrats had been working hard on since the year 2000.
When the State Republican legislature bundled the new primary date with the legislation for a paper ballot trail, they knew exactly what they were doing, putting the Florida Democrats in an over-the barrel, no-win situation. Did the national Party, the DNC, come to the Florida Dems defense and help out? No. Even when the State of New Hampshire came to Florida's defense, and put out a public statement that New Hampshire was ok with the new Florida primary date because it still followed the four early states, the DNC still went overboard punishing their own and throwing their own Democratic voters out with the bathwater.
Last year, the DNC Rules Committee meted out an over-the-top punishment for something the Florida Party couldn't stop, the change of the primary date to January 29. As pointed out by others before, when the Florida Dem Party tried to negotiate with the Repubs for a later date of Feb. 5th, they were met with laughter and derision on the Chamber Floor from the Florida Republicans. The DNC owes The Florida Dems an apology for screwing up when they punished their own for something Florida Republicans did. Why didn't the DNC initially come to Florida's defense? That's what they should have done. It's the DNC Rules Committee, not the voters, who should be punished for not protecting their own Democrats, both the Florida Democratic Party and also the Florida Democratic voters themselves.
The DNC had the opportunity to redeem itself on May 31. Instead of admitting the error of its own ways, however, it further insulted Florida Democrats by telling them they all are only half persons. Half a person; half a vote.
If the DNC's goal is Party unity, then they must apologize to:
>> Florida Democratic Party for not sticking up for them when they were shafted by the Republicans, and for failing to appreciate the role the FlaDems played in the passage of legislation in Florida critical to protecting the voting process (paper trail back-up);
>> the Clinton and Obama Campaigns for its part in creating this whole mess and derailing our primary process in perhaps the most important election of our lifetime;
>> the individual Democratic voters, whose votes have been disregarded by their own Party. (Giving them half a vote doesn't cut it; it just adds insult to injury.)
Since the DNC on Saturday was not big enough to apologize and restore every vote counted and legally certified, then:
DNC, may your own glass be always half full/empty.
The DNC Rules Committee compromise on Michigan is even worse than the affront to Florida. What is the Democratic Party doing rewarding someone who actually took his name off the ballot? This is entitlement gone amok. Taking one's name off a ballot must not be rewarded! It was a tactical decision on the candidate's part, and he ought to accept the consequences of his own action. Uncommitted means just that: uncommitted. Uncommitted delegates represent uncommitted votes. When they get to the convention, they can vote either way, but must go there uncommitted.
I end with a final toast to the DNC, the same as before: may your glass be always half full or half empty, as the case may be. You have deemed millions of your own voters as only half persons. The respect, or lack thereof, you have shown your own voters is all you deserve in return.