Dean prepared to welcome FL, MI to convention


The Democratic primaries in Florida and Michigan didn’t even amount to beauty contests, since the two states jumped the gun on Super Duper Tuesday in defiance of rules agreed to within the framework of the Democratic National Committee. The prospect of a still-competitive race between Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) has them regretting this move. DNC Chairman Howard Dean has clearly stated that he is open to finding a way to seat their delegates.

"We’re glad to hear that the Governors of Michigan and Florida are willing to lend their weight to help resolve this issue. As we’ve said all along, we strongly encourage the Michigan and Florida state parties to follow the rules, so today’s public overtures are good news," said Dean. "First, either state can choose to resubmit a plan and run a party process to select delegates to the convention; second, they can wait until this summer and appeal to the Convention Credentials Committee, which determines and resolves any outstanding questions about the seating of delegates."

RBR/TVBR observation: The only fair course, it seems to us, is to let the two remaining candidates make their cases before the voters in these two states and hold a legitimate nominating event. Since both seem to be able to drum up cash almost at will, funding a campaign should be no problem for either. And there is plenty of time available between now and the regularly-scheduled end of the primaries, not to mention an adequately sparse schedule, to allow some sort of make-good campaign event. Such a plan would be good for democracy, and it would be good for a lot of account executives in the ample supply of media markets populating both states.