Saturday, May 31, 2008

Counting votes

They're showing some democrat discussion of the current committee meeting to decide on seating delegates from Florida and Michigan. It's pathetic. It's nonsensical rhetoric.

Count all the votes. Blah blah blah. The constitution. Blah blah blah. Freedom. Blah blah blah. Baseball, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet. Blah blah blah.

This has nothing to do with the Constitution or with counting votes. Choosing delegates is not a constitutional process. There's nothing in the constitution to even support the idea of political parties, much less outlining how they should vote on candidates.

Political parties can choose candidates any damn way they want. The democrats gave each state party organization a wide range of options in how to pick their delegates who will then vote to select a candidate. That's about party rules, not the constitution.

The state had a choice. They could have statewide elections and apportion the delegates according the the outcome. They could have local caucuses. They could do like they did in California and have winner take all at a county level for election of delegates or like. They could have a mixture of votes and caucuses like they did in Texas. One thing they could not do was pick the delegates earlier than allowed by specified rules.

Florida and Michigan picked an option not available to them -- using a statewide vote for delegates but doing so earlier than the allowable date. That means they just choose to not actually pick any delegates.

It's not about counting votes. It's not about fairness. It's not about the Constitution. But it sure has become about nonsense.

Why does politics seem to always end up being basically about nonsense?


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