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The Democratic Party has taken a swipe at the nation's fourth biggest state, stripping Florida of all of its '08 delegates as punishment for jumping the gun with its Jan. 29 primary. Florida's early date could force other states to move up and up to stay at the front of the pack.
Under a vote taken moments ago by a powerful committee of the Democratic National Committee, if things don’t change, Florida’s primary will be a "beauty contest" — the delegates won’t count toward the party’s presidential nomination.
Florida officials complained that the DNC was going to "disenfranchise voters," as it says on the state party's home page. The DNC pushed back strongly against that contention, since it has rules that Florida decided not to follow.
This is the party’s way of trying to stop the crazy domino effect of states moving their nominating contests earlier and earlier, which causes OTHER states to go earlier and earlier.
Note that last paragraph cited, folks, and REMEMBER--that it was the DNC itself that started this spitball contest last year, moving Nevada and South Carolina to the front of the primary lineup, breaking the tacit agreement that has held with both parties since the McGovern-Fraser Commission of 1968, which was designed to foster open selection of delegates.
Why, one might even speculate that it's the open selection of delegates that the new move is designed to avoid...anyone got a map to the new DNC smoke-filled back room?
Now, tell me one more time about that "party of the people" thing....
UDPATE: More delicious irony in Politico's update:
During the debate, Donna Brazile, a DNC member from D.C. who was campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman in 2000, said: “I understand how states crave to be first. I understand that they’re envious of the role that Iowa and New Hampshire have traditionally played.
REPEAT here: It was NOT the long-standing Iowa and New Hapmshire primaries that brought this flap about. It was the DNC moving the Nevada and South Carolina Democratic primaries up to the head of the line, in violation of the near-forty-year-old agreement reached by the McGovern-Fraser Commission in 1968.
The Florida Democratic Party will decide how to respond, but the signal from the DNC is clear. The cannibals are running the kitchen.
UPDATE: Roger Simon has his full article up now at Politico.
UPDATE Postscript: It'll get even funnier when the GOP has to decide what to do with its own line-jumpers, who will insist on having their primaries on the same dates as the Democratic primaries. Since state taxpayers foot the bill for for those party primary elections, there's bound to be some serious steam flying. Can't you just hear it now? "Look what they made us do!"