There’s something I need to get off my chest. I’m very disappointed in the decision by several of the Democratic candidates for President to
fore-go forgo campaigning in Florida, Michigan, and any other state that tries to “leapfrog” ahead of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina in the presidential nominating process. I’m also disappointed in DNC Chairman Howard Dean because from this point forward, his talk about Democrats needing to “show up” and have a “50-state strategy” is nothing but rhetoric.
How exactly can you talk about Democrats “showing up” and talk about Democrats having a “50-state strategy”, but at the same time all but demand for the Democratic presidential candidates not to campaign in all but four, small states. I said it one year ago, and I’ll say it again; Screw Iowa & New Hampshire!
…Seeing that Iowa, New Hampshire, and now Nevada & South Carolina (four states with a combined electoral vote total of 23 that is still just over half of the combined 44 electoral votes that Michigan & Florida bring to the table) want to play this game called “We wanna be first”, I say let them win this game.
However, the word should go forth that Rule 11.A of the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2008 Democratic National Convention will be strictly enforced and adhered to.
What does Rule 11.A say?
No meetings, caucuses, conventions or primaries which constitute the first determining stage in the presidential nomination process (the date of the primary in primary states, and the date of the first tier caucus in caucus states) may be held prior to the first Tuesday in February or after the second Tuesday in June in the calendar year of the national convention. Provided, however, that the Iowa precinct caucuses may be held no earlier than 22 days before the first Tuesday in February; that the Nevada first-tier caucuses may be held no earlier than 17 days before the first Tuesday in February; that the New Hampshire primary may be held no earlier than 14 days before the first Tuesday in February; and that the South Carolina primary may be held no earlier than 7 days before the first Tuesday in February. In no instance may a state which scheduled delegate selection procedures on or between the first Tuesday in February and the second Tuesday in June 1984 move out of compliance with the provisions of this rule.
Simply put, if Iowa (22 days), New Hampshire (14 days), Nevada (17 days), or South Carolina (7 days) violate this rule (and at this point, it looks as if Iowa and New Hampshire are set to do that), then those states should face the same sanctions that Florida and Michigan are facing.
To quote DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee member Donna Brazille regarding the decision to sanction Florida, “The rules and bylaws committee had no choice but to enforce the rules.” That’s fine, but if you’re going to enforce the rules, then enforce them equally and fairly. The precedent set by the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee is that if any state violates the DNC’s 2008 Delegate Selection Rules, they will be stripped of their delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
So, when will Iowa & New Hampshire be stripped of their delegates?