Thursday, September 06, 2007

Bill Nelson Gets Tough (Snore)

Good Lord. Bill Nelson is calling the shots with the Florida Democratic Party. He is threatening a lawsuit. I have written that the Supreme ruled that the national party has the final say over delegates. The FDP was planning a meeting Friday. They scuttled it after Nelson told not to hold it. Which would solve what exactly is beyond me.

Nelson wants everyone to know he's mad. It doesn't help his tough guy image to be photographed drinking tea.

"This means the country's fourth largest state will have no say in picking a Democratic presidential nominee. Unacceptable. Unacceptable. Unacceptable. Florida still has several weeks to find a solution the DNC will accept - or, as I have suggested, legal action may be necessary. It's a case of the fundamental rights of voters vs. the rules of a political party. And, as to our right to vote, and have that vote count, there can be no debate."

Nelson made a dishonest argument in his USA Today op-ed.

It says Florida's earlier primary — set by the Republican Legislature and governor — would affect the sequence of contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

There was overwhelming bipartisan support to move up the primary. The Florida vote approved it 118 to 0. The Senate 37 to 2. If Florida Democrats can't be honest about their role in moving up the primary then all is lost.

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