March 20th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Blitzer: Would a re-vote be that difficult?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Re-votes in Michigan and Florida appear increasingly unlikely."](CNN) - It’s too bad that Michigan and Florida don’t seem to be able to get their acts together to have Democratic presidential primary re-votes in early June.

For those of us who cover politics, it would have been very exciting to see two more fiercely fought primaries in two critically important states.

But more importantly, it will be a pity for all those millions of Democratic voters in those states if their delegates wind up having no say in the selection of their party’s presidential nominee at the party convention in Denver at the end of the summer. And the ramifications for the party from that could be very significant in November.

The Democrats in Michigan and Florida lost their delegates because they moved up their primaries to January against Democratic Party rules.

Some of those frustrated Democratic voters will walk away from this process with an awful taste in their mouths. And it’s possible that could convince some of them to actually vote for John McCain or Ralph Nader in the fall or simply stay home and not vote at all. At least, that’s what some of those voters are telling reporters and pollsters now.

There is still time for the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaigns to work out some other compromise that allows the delegates to be seated without having make-over primaries. Indeed, I still suspect something along these lines will occur.

But I still don’t understand why it became so complicated to organize these make-over primaries. The actual ballot would have been rather simple – you could vote for Clinton or Obama. Put an X in front of your candidate. How difficult is that?

- Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. jay-tempe az

    Now that the media is coming out of the dreamland about Obama and some negative information is coming out , why would he want to give Hillary any opening to close the gap in delagates with re-votes in either state.He says she is changing tune from earlier , but so is he.It is POLITICS after all and when is media going to show his actions for what they are-Self serving righteousness by not letting voters having a say where it counts with ballots.Both states messed up big time by their actions but the right thing too do is re-vote.

    March 20, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Charlotte Otter

    Everyones worried about the Florida & Michigan voters being disenfranchised. I am concerned about the people that were discriminated against by the caucus type of voting. I went to one. Talk about an undemocratic process. If you have children, try finding a sitter. No room to bring them along. Beside who takes kids out to stand for 4 hours at night. Shift workers. Elderly and disabled. No room. Standing room only. Driving distance particularly in rural areas. Really affects the poor and blue collar workers. Some people left and still were counted. I wished I could have taped it. I wander why no one has bothered to check this out. Surely someone knows what is going on. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. Yet, I never hear or see any discussion on this. I think any person that didn't have the opportunity to vote in a primary should be disenfranchised. I know in some states it would have made no difference (like mine).

    March 20, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. swood

    The DNC is scrambling around chasing its tail, wasting time and money trying to find a "fair" resolution to this issue. Why didn't they try a little harder to resolve this before the original polls? Why did they have to make such a big deal about an arbitrary primary date anyway? Why is it fair for other states to move their primaries up but not MI and FL? While true that primaries are party votes that need to follow party rules, the DNC seems to have lost sight of the main goal – democracy. On the other hand, the whole super-delegate system seems to indicate they fear real democracy anyway, not really trusting us simple folk to select a "proper" candidate. If they don't really care what the people think, they should just select the candidate they want to put forth and stop pretending like we have a voice in the party (and stop asking for donations). The blame for this fiasco falls squarely on the DNC leadership. Howard Dean should apologize to the Democratic Party, right before he steps down.

    March 20, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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