Today’s Financial Times has an interview with Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean who says “the party’s superdelegates have every right to overturn the popular vote and choose the candidate they believe would be best equipped to defeat John McCain in a general election.” Dean then backs off and says that would be “unlikely”, but goes on to say the Democratic nominee really needs to be decided by the end of June because it would take at least two months for the supporters of the losing candidate to get over their ‘grieving’ and unite behind the winner before the convention begins on August 25. In the interview, Dean says Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid agreed with him on the end of June deadline.
I have never enjoyed political party politics. A registered Republican until 2003, I switched to Independent to accurately reflect my political views. But that wouldn’t give me a vote in the state’s primary election, so I switched to Democrat.
And it turns out (so far anyway), my primary vote didn’t count in the Democratic Party’s mind. This is the same party who wailed in 2000 that their votes didn’t count when Al Gore won the popular vote and the Supreme Court determined the election in favor of George Bush. Does the Democratic Party want to continue to show their hypocrisy by not allowing every primary voter to have their say? Or is the message the party stalwarts know what’s best for us?
Beyond the voters’ voice, what is wrong with the candidates continuing right up to the convention? The party couldn’t buy this much media publicity! (Speaking of the media, the cable news networks haven’t had this much fun since OJ.)
Spare me the party unity; it’s all about party politics. If the Democratic Party is truly committed to the belief that every vote counts, it will let the popular vote select the candidate. And that includes all those votes in Florida and Michigan. Why should the voters be silenced in these states just because their state leaders didn’t kowtow to the party Pooh-Bahs?
As far as Dean’s “time of mourning”, he is so entrenched in party politics that he has lost track of how politically far apart Senators Clinton and Obama are from Senator McCain. Whether the loser is Clinton or Obama, their supporters will not need to think for one second about whether to vote for the Democratic nominee or Senator McCain on November 4.