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Do you feel ‘unified’ over Michigan and Florida being seated at 100% voting status in Denver?

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Originally published on on Mon, 08/04/2008 – 8:33am

To no one’s surprise, magically, Michigan and Florida will have full voting power in the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee, as he wrote to the credentials committee:

“As these delegates go about the important business of the Convention, I believe Party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories. Accordingly, I ask that the Credentials Committee, when it meets on August 24 to approve the delegates for the National Convention, pass a resolution that would entitle each delegate from Florida and Michigan to cast a full vote.”

And since Obama will be the nominee, the states will get what he wants: a full vote. Michigan and Florida were awarded half votes in a day-long process on May 31.

So despite the DNC rules of taking away the vote 100% for the states who moved up their primary before the intended date, and the side agreements with Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina that prohibited campaigning (but not fundraising), buying local TV time, and working actively to take names off of ballots, Michigan and Florida will get 100% sitting and 100% vote in Denver.

So was all the mess worth it? After all, the Republicans took away half the vote, allowed their candidates to campaign, buy TV time, and be on the ballot. And so far, at least, half their vote is still taken away. Though likely, McCain will restore 100% voting on the convention floor to Michigan and Florida.

This announcement by Obama and the subsequent action by the DNC comes as no surprise. We knew that once Denver began, the states would have full voting powers, despite the madness of the last year or so. What was missing in the announcement, and what would be a nice and necessary gesture is the return of the 4 delegates from Michigan that should have gone in the Clinton camp. After all, Obama will be the nominee, and party unity needs to be the top priority.


Written by democracysoup

August 4, 2008 at 8:33 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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