It strikes me that, with all that we have going on right now, we are in dire need of – as Obama once said a few years back – adult supervision of our government.
But can we expect this from the Democrats? Not if Howard Dean is any indication. Whatever else happens, I’ll be happy to contribute to the candidacy of any Democrat who runs on a platform that includes acing Howard Dean.
Because of course the whole Florida and Michigan thing is his fault. Yes, there were politics happening in those two states that also bears some responsibility. But as the leader of the Democratic effort to take the White House, surely he must have seen that not seating the delegates of those states was a freakin’ huge mistake, right? . . . Right?
In the Democratic Primaries, we’ve been hearing for weeks now that Senator Clinton intends to get the delegates from Michigan and Florida seated and counted towards the nomination. She has recently stated on NPR radio recently that Barack Obama’s name not appearing on the ballot in Michigan was his own choice, her choice was to remain there and that this made her delegate count in that state legitimate. But all choices aside, if you take a look at the pledge that they all signed, it’s pretty unambiguous. Even more so than we’ve been led to believe (em mine):
THEREFORE, I _______________, Democratic Candidate for President, in honor and in accordance with DNC rules, pledge to actively campaign in the pre-approved early states Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. 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 (any date prior to February 5, 2008).
So, if in fact you’ve lived up to the pledge, then your delegate count – whatever it may be – cannot possibly be valid because you did not participate. And if you made the decision not to take your name off the ballot, then you participated and therefore betrayed your pledge. Pretty clear, I think.