A brief history lesson. In the time of Washington, party candidates were selected by Congressmen meeting in the back rooms of pubs. As the country became more mobile, these small meetings became larger conventions with important state officials. The larger conventions eventually gave way to primary elections so that the parties could better judge the electability of the candidates. By the time World War I came along, about half the states had adopted the primary system, but they fell out of favor in the 20’s and 30’s and didn’t finally take hold until after World War 2.

Let’s be clear. The parties can choose their candidate in any way they like. Primary elections just happen to be the current method of choice. The only rules that have to be followed in a primary election are the rules detailed in the parties’ chartered by-laws. If a state organization chooses to break party rules, then the national committee is free to enforce those rules. Taking the votes of Michigan’s and Florida’s delegates was never a question of robbing their people of their right to vote, and any candidate that says differently is lying!

I am a Michigan resident, and I understand that the state committees chose to break the rules and that a price had to be paid. Fair enough. Get over it.

Saturday, of course, was the DNC’s day to make everyone happy, and they chose to seat all the delegates, but only gave them half a vote each. This, of course, will have zero effect on the nomination and is a joke.

Let’s think about something for a moment? How long has Senator McCain had the republican nomination? Have we heard the remaining states complain that their votes essentially did not count because their primaries occurred after he’d clinched the nomination? Nope. I haven’t heard a word. Why did Michigan and Florida move their primaries in the first place? Because they fully expected a candidate to clinch the nomination and wanted to cast their votes before that happened so that the candidates would visit their states and bring in some money.

Well, that worked out well didn’t it? Had they chosen not to break the rules, the spotlight would have shown very brightly on the states when the primaries were contested. As it is, their votes don’t really count, and the two states look like idiots (or at least the morons on the protest line do). If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at your state officials, not at the national party who told you what would happen.