Friday, March 14, 2008

Do-Over Doubts

Do-Over Doubts

You know, I really thought I was done with these Michigan/Florida leapfrog updates back in about November. Here's the latest:

  • Michigan appears to be closer to a compromise, though the exact nature is unclear. Time's Mark Halperin reports that a 50-50 split of the elected delegates between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is in the mix; Clinton would gain some margin out of the state with superdelegates.

  • But the AP reports that Michigan is close to a full-fledged, state run second primary, with the Democratic National Committee possibly reimbursing the state.

  • In Florida, Halperin says one proposal is seating the delegation elected on Jan. 29, but giving each delegate a half vote. That would resemble the Republican Party's punishment for calendar breakers; the GOP stripped Michigan and Florida of half their delegates.

  • Florida Democratic Chair Karen Thurman says the previously floated idea of a mail-in second primary is fizzling. The Obama campaign has concerns about ballot security and signature verification in a privately-run election.

  • And back to square one in this whole fight: Clinton is under attack for parsing the wording of the early state pledge she and the other candidates signed last August. On NPR, Clinton said, "... we all had a choice as to whether or not to participate in what was going to be a primary. And most people took their names off the ballot, but I didn't." This contradicts the exact wording of the pladge she signed, which states (pdf), "I pledge I shall not campaign or participate in any election contest occurring in any state not already authorized by the DNC to take place in the DNC approved pre-window."
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