Battle of the Press Releases
The Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns fire press releases accusing each campaign of disenfranchising Florida voters. What the campaigns fail to mention is Florida doesn't need any help disenfranchising it's voters.
Barack Obama Press Release
FLORIDA: “We hope that all parties can agree on a fair seating of the Florida delegates so that Florida can participate in the Democratic Convention, and we look forward to working with the Florida Democratic Party and competing vigorously in the state so that Barack Obama can put Florida back into the Democratic column in November.”
Hillary Clinton Press Release
“Today’s announcement brings us no closer to counting the votes of the nearly 1.7 million people who voted in January. We hope the Obama campaign shares our belief that Florida’s voters must be counted and cannot be disenfranchised.”
All this finger-pointing is getting old. The Florida Democratic Party refused to do a revote. After several stinging defeats, Hillary Clinton pushed to have the Florida delegation count. Now the FDP floated the mail-in vote idea that everybody hated. The mail-in vote will not happen. Karen Thurman uses the opportunity to falsely claim that Democratic legislators attempted to set the primary date for Feb. 5. The vote to move up the primary received bipartisan support. The Republican legislators do not have final say over when Democratics hold their primary. That honor goes to the FDP.
MIAMI, Fla.-Florida Democrats have embraced an early primary on Jan. 29 despite the national party's threat to penalize them by taking away half their delegates to the national convention.
Karen Thurman, the party chairwoman, and Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday that the leadership had voted unanimously to accept the date. The state party has to submit a plan to the Democratic National Committee by Friday.
It takes serious chutzpah for Thurman to blame Republicans for a primary she moved up. My grievance is that the FDP is incapable of fixing the mess because that would admit they made a mistake moving up the primary. Blaming Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio isn't going to solve anything.
Howard Dean is near the end of his tenure as DNC Chairman. He hasn't changed his decision and blaming him is likely only to piss him off even more. The nominee will need Dean more, in the general election than a state that went red the last two presidential elections. Contrary to what Florida Democrats think, Obama and Hillary can win the White House without Florida.