Monday, September 24, 2007

Those Florida Voters, At It Again

Florida Democrats have rejected a compromise with the national party under which Florida could hold its early primary, but treat it as a "beauty contest" with delegates to be awarded later.

Indeed, the Florida Democrats were quite defiant. Our favorite portion of their statement taking umbrage at the very thought that they should compromise: "Florida Democrats will have a major impact in determining who the next President of the United States will be."

Well, yeah. They did it before by golly--totally bollixed up the 2000 election and gave us the worst President ever. So we should, like, be soooo pleased that they're going to do it again.

Of course, politics are at work here. On the Democratic side, the big beneficiary is none other than Hillary Clinton. If all the candidates abide by their pledges not to campaign in Florida, then, by default, Hillary will win by a pretty comfortable margin simply because she's the best known candidate.

That is, unless voters get confused by the ballot. It's certainly possible that Florida Democrats could accidentally end up giving all their convention delegates--if they have any--to Sam Brownback or Mike Huckabee.

Meanwhile, some in the party are threatening a "civil rights" lawsuit against the national party. Give us a break. The claim is that because Florida is a voting rights state, it deserves to horn in on the early primary festival. This is utter nonsense. No one is depriving Floridians of anything. They just want to cut in line and make another mess of another election, something they're very good at. The national parties--both of them--should have adequate leeway to sanction state parties that refuse to toe the line. We don't see any such lawsuit having merit or really going anywhere.

Anyway, thanks a bunch Florida. We're really happy that you're going to have a "major impact" on the election again!

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