Friday, 16 May 2008

Message to DNC from a very frustrated (previously faithful) Democratic party voter

Why am I frustrated with the DNC? Partly due to the DNC's unwillingness to count the Michigan and Florida votes. The reason they have given: the primaries in these states were held before the 'official' February 5th start date. Having looked at the calendars, I notice that there are two other states - New Hampshire and South Carolina - who also held their primaries before that date. The delegates from those states are to be seated at the convention. Why, then, the unwillingness to include the tallies from Florida and Michigan? If the votes from these two states were to be included in the tally, Hillary would be ahead in the popular vote over Obama.

But - and this is where my real frustration lay - I have gotten the distinct impression that Howard Dean (and the DNC under his headship and influence) would not be willing to acknowledge this fact, nor willing to acknowledge the polls that show Hillary to be the stronger candidate against McCain. So I am left with these questions. One: Why is the DNC, under Dean's headship, so intent on getting Obama's name on the ballot when that certainly does not seem to be best for the party? and two: Why has Howard Dean been so seemingly determined to lead the DNC in ways that can only be damaging to the party as a whole - denying Michigan and Florida, pushing for Obama at every turn? or, rather: Who is pulling his strings? or pushing his buttons? or, perhaps, putting money into his bank account?

As I see it, the actions of Dean and the DNC are making it easier for even McCain to conquer after Dem party leaders do the dividing.

So, DNC, I hope you will think long and hard about the issues mentioned above. Your decisions have the potential to keep the party together; they also have the potential to cause a division that would take longer to heal than the six months that lie ahead before the November election.

Which party's candidate do you want to see on that inaugural stand come January?

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