I haven’t said much on the matter of tomorrow’s DNC Rules Committee meeting, other than stating I’m looking forward to the ruling.
I’m a little torn on the issue. On one hand, the state parties did screw up by moving their primaries, and deserve a little punishment. On the other hand, I don’t want the voters to be disenfranchised.
So, what is to be done? Well, if you take Senator Obama’s preferred route, and continue following the proscribed sanction, all those people who voted are disenfranchised, and the ones who decided not to are feeling left out that the DNC punished their state. If you take Senator Clinton’s preference, and seat everybody, those who voted feel pretty good, but those who didn’t because they thought it wasn’t going to matter are disenfranchised. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the latter option is worse than the first one. At least with no delegates seated, everybody is feeling sore. With the latter option, those who didn’t vote and wanted to could be pretty angry.
That said, my ideal method would have been to hold a re-election. There is a risk that some people who voted last time wouldn’t be able to make it out, but at least more people can try to vote in the new poll.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t look very likely to happen. The DNC lawyers have recommended that either half the delegates be seated, or all of them seated but with a half vote each, and this article says that’s definitely an option. However, I am a little confused, because I know I’ve read that the Michigan district delegates have been apportioned, and a significant number of the “ucommitted” delegates have been apportioned to Obama. Yet, that article doesn’t state that; rather, it gives two ideas on what to do with them. I’ll find the link to where I saw this and post it up later.
In the end, I think this is the compromise that will win out. It may not be entirely acceptable to Clinton, but I think she needs to accept it. Hey, she too was for punishing Florida and Michigan. She can’t have everything, and if she wants to be President, she needs to learn to compromise.