Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Solving Florida the Easy Way!

I wonder if it’s a coincidence that the very same day Hillary’s campaign manager sends a letter to Obama very politely seeking agreement with this statement:
Over the last few weeks, there has been much discussion about how to ensure that the Florida and Michigan delegations are seated. We think there are two options: Either honor the results or hold new primary elections.
We hear this from Florida:
We are committed to working with the DNC, the Florida State Democratic party, our Democratic leaders in Florida, and our two candidates to reach an expedited solution that ensures our 210 delegates are seated. Our House delegation is opposed to a mail-in campaign or any redo of any kind.
Of course, there’s another way that we can both honor the results and avoid a redo of any kind, which might also be acceptable to Obama.

How about if the other two candidates on the Florida ballot, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich, agree to endorse Obama and give him their votes? According to the official tally, that would place it as follows:

Clinton -- - - - - - - - - - - - - 857,208 50.89%
Obama, Edwards, Kucinich - 827,182 49.11%

Hillary would get the vote of every single Floridian who chose her on the ballot, while Kucinich would merely be extending the same courtesy toward Obama’s candidacy that he did in Iowa, and Edwards would salvage a small scrap of influence over whether or not the fate of the poor will end up in the hands of one of the two candidates who think John McCain would make a fine president!


  1. Anonymous8:43 AM

    It sounds so simple. Send that in. What about Michigan?

  2. I think Michigan has to be a redo, because Hillary's was the only name on the ballot (actually, I think Kucinich was there too, but he got very few votes)

    If they don't want to do a revote, at the very least, they should give the people who voted "undecided" and those who did not vote because Obama wasn't the ballot, the opportunity to vote for him.

    Hillary supporters already had their chance, and she got a lot of votes that I have no problem honoring.

    How about simply letting everyone who didn't already vote for Hillary register their vote if they want it to go for Obama?

    Then, add them up and compare them to Hillary's total. Bingo! Her original voting results are honored, and people have a fair opportunity to register a vote for Obama!