October 9th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP could benefit from Democrats' family feud

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The GOP presidential debate wasn’t the only political headline in Michigan Tuesday. While the Republicans faced off against each other in Michigan, five of the Democratic presidential hopefuls announced they were taking their names off the ballot in Michigan, to protest the state’s moving of its primary up to January 15, violating Democratic Party rules.

The family feud between the Democratic White House hopefuls and the Michigan Democratic Party is an illustration of the hole the Democrats could be digging for themselves in Michigan and Florida come the general election. None of the top six Democratic candidates are campaigning in either state, and that could give Republicans an advantage.

Florida plays a crucial role in presidential elections. The Florida recount and the ensuing Supreme Court decision decided the 2000 election. But Michigan shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s an important large state that the Democrats don’t take for granted. Al Gore won the state by only five points in 2000, and John Kerry took the state by only three points in the last election.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinahuser

Filed under: Michigan • Primary Calendar
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Connie, Louisville, Tn.

    I am a life-long Democrat but this is so juvenile of the Democrats. They are going to shoot themselves in the foot again.

    October 9, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Isn't it rather convenient all the other democratic candidates filed papers to withdraw their name off the ballot... EXCEPT Hillary and whats-his-name (Dodd).

    You 'guys' (male dem candidates) keep playing by the rules. Hillary will backstab you, smile, cackle, and cry foul if you complain.

    Welcome to the good-ole-days of Clinton campaigning.

    October 9, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. John Luma, Moorpark CA

    What the Dems do before the primaries and what they do after the primaries are two different subjects.

    Whoever the Democrat choice is after the primaries will be back pounding Michigan and Florida for all they are worth. Which, as you point out, is a lot.

    The Party and candidates are stupid to do it this way, but it shows you what "Party politics" really means in our system. It means that Party control and rules are more important to the hierarchy than the local officials. It's all about the exercise of power first, with the actual voters coming second.

    I think it's the same with all parties, and I don't expect it will change.

    October 9, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. laurinda,ny

    They had better watch their step down in Florida bacause the Democrats are on to their crooked ways and they won't get away with it this time!

    October 10, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |