A Short History of Getting Screwed by the DNC

11Jan08

Michigan decided that instead of holding the presidential primary when they have historically, (which, honestly, I don’t remember when it was) they would move it to earlier in the primary season. I would like to make it very clea: Voters in Michigan were never given the opportunity to voice an opinion about the date of the primary, nor did we choose to move it.
I don’t know who decided that was a good idea, but the Washington Post has an article about Michigan losing its delegates.

So here’s the short history of Getting Screwed by the DNC

1. Michigan decides to move primary. OK, we’ve moved the primary. Arguably, Michigan is the most diverse of the first three primaries. Good reason to want to be earlier. Also, we’ve got the highest unemployment rate in the country. Politicians, tell us what you’re going to do about it, or WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU. Ever.
2. The DNC and RNC hem and haw about the date change.
3. The DNC Vows to punish Michigan and Florida for deciding to move their primaries. Candidates will be punished by only winning half the delegates available. Who thought up these rules? A five-year-old would have handled this better. They have a much better sense of right and wrong
4. August 2007 the DNC strips Florida of its delegates. And their primary isn’t until January 29th. OH MY WORD!
5. More hemming and hawing. The RNC decides that the primary will apparently be held on January 15th no matter what anyone outside the state might say. I think the republicans realize that this is a good way to engender themselves to Michigan voters. I think it might work.
6. December 2007 “Democratic leaders voted to strip Michigan of all its delegates to the national convention next year as punishment for scheduling an early presidential primary in violation of party rules.” I’ve like to take this opportunity for a moment of silence. I was going to vote for a democrat on Tuesday. Despite Hillary Clinton’s history making, will not be voting for her, Dennis Kucinich, or whatever the ‘undecided’ option is. I will be voting FOR A REPUBLICAN for the first time in my short voting career. Though this is my 3rd presidential election, and I am the minimum age to have participated in three presidential elections.
7. Republicans continue to campaign in Michigan. At least they’re not ignoring 11 million people because Michigan moved the primary.

There you have it, a short history of the DNC screwing Michigan voters.

For a less snarky look at the whole mess, check out Who Stole MI Vote. And if you’re a Michigan voter, SIGN the petition.

I apologize for the gratuitous use of caps-lock. But I’m pissed.  For my letter to the DNC go here.

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