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The View from the North

Given I’m not a US citizen, it’s easy to look south of the border with detached bemusement as the Democratic candidates try to convince the voters to let them run the country while at the same time struggling to run a primary race. Florida and Michigan, in case you’ve been on another planet for the past several weeks, jumped the gun and held their primaries early, in contravention of Democratic party rules (rules which both states voted in favour of). Now that the primary race has reached a point whereby neither candidate can secure enough votes needed to win outright, attempts are being made to have the discredited votes/voters count towards the result.

It seems to me the Democratic party, under Howard Dean’s leadership, caused the problem by not reducing the amount of delegates needed to win the nomination by an amount equal to half the total delegates of Florida and Michigan. For example, if the total possible delegates are, say, 1,000 and 500 are required for victory, and 200 delegates are declared invalid, the victory threshold should be 500 – (200/2) or 400. That way the percentage for victory (in the example, 50%) remains the same. Without that kind of adjustment, the percentage required for victory, in the above example, rises from 50% to 62.5%.

Perhaps the thinking was that the race would be a cakewalk for Mrs. Clinton, however a bit of foresight might have spared an awful lot of confusion and left voters a little more confident in the Democrats’ leadership abilities.

As for Florida, given their history of dimpled chads and mismanaged primaries, perhaps they ought to simply forfeit their franchise…

Written by westcoastsuccess

March 22, 2008 at 7:04 pm

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