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A Fair Solution to the Florida and Michigan Primary Debate

With all of the wrangling over whether or not Michigan and Florida voters' votes should count there has been little talk of a reasonable solution with all of the delegates seated in a fair way to both the Clinton and Obama campaigns.

As many people know Obama removed his name from the Michigan ballot in compliance with the rules of the Democratic Party because they moved their primary up in violation of the Party's rules. What has not been discussed is the number of "Uncommitted" votes that were cast in that primary. 40% of the Democratic votes were "Uncommitted" with 55% going to Clinton and the rest being divided between Kucinich and Gravel who, like Clinton stayed on the ballot. Since John Edwards has now thrown his support behind Barack Obama it would be fair to allocate those "Uncommitted" votes to Obama and seat them at the convention. If this were done 86.5 of Michigan's 157 delegates would go to Hillary Clinton and 63 would go to Barack Obama.

In Florida, Obama and Clinton were on the ballot allowing Floridians to vote for either in the January primary. The results of the election gave Clinton 50% and Obama 33% of the votes cast. If those delegates were seated accordingly, Clinton would receive 105.5 of the 211 delegates and Obama would receive 70.

This solution to the current dilemma would be fair and not disenfranchise the voters in either state. Based on the most recent numbers from CNN and adding these delegates into the equation Barack Obama would have 2111 delegates and Clinton would have 1972. The new total needed to win the nomination would be 2210 delegates leaving Obama 99 delegates short and Clinton 238 delegates short of the total needed to secure the nomination. While it would tighten the race it would not necessarily change the outcome and it would be fair to all parties involved. Even if you decided to leave Michigan without allocating any to Obama it would not alter the expected outcome. It would be horribly unfair and reward Clinton for not following the Party rules but it would still leave Obama with an edge and at best an asterisk next to any Clinton victory claim for Michigan.

If an average citizen like me can figure this out by just doing a little math and offer it up as a solution, surely the leadership of the Democratic Party can find some equitable way to resolve this issue and serve all of the people of the nation who voted in their primaries.

The Realist - Patriot at Large | Give your feedback on this article.

Tempests in Teapots

It seems that we have come to the silly part of the campaign season where every thing said by every candidate is going to be picked apart by every Tom, Dick and Harry to find some “chink” in the political armor. This past week has been one for the record books on making mountains out of molehills.

Hillary Clinton, while giving examples of previous primary campaigns that had gone into the summer because of tight races, mentioned Robert F. Kennedy and his assassination during June of 1968 while on the campaign trail. She also talked about her husband’s run for the nomination that went into the summer before the race was decided. The remark was basically innocuous but people in the Obama campaign and the media started calling the remarks “inappropriate” and blasted her for bringing up Robert Kennedy. By the end of the day the media was having pundits examining the impact of the statements on her candidacy. When taken in context the remarks were completely innocent and harmless but the press and pundits rode them like show ponies for every second of sensationalism they could get out of them.

Barack Obama when speaking to veterans on Memorial Day spoke about one of his great uncles who helped to liberate Buchenwald from the Nazi’s during WWII. Unfortunately Obama said Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald and that was all the Republican National Committee needed to run to the press and question his ability to lead. God knows if I were to be taken to task for every war story my grandfather told me that I forgot a detail in, I would be banished to the frozen wastes of Siberia. So what was the big deal? He got the location wrong. The story was sound and the facts when checked were not in dispute other than the specific Nazi death camp that his great uncle helped to liberate.

It seems to me that the press is the problem here. In their quest for ratings and advertising dollars they have lost sight of responsible journalism. Even the so-called havens of responsible journalism like CNN ran with the overly sensationalized stories like they were actually news that was important for people to see and know about. The bigger problem is that the American people never call them on this stuff. These stories were wholly unimportant and have less than nothing to do with the important issues facing the nation yet we eat them up like candy. Is it any wonder that our elected officials don’t address the issues that really matter? We the people of this country are so fixated on sensationalism that we lose the reality in the hype.

It’s far past time for the people of this country to tell the media that enough is enough and we need to start changing the channel. Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc have completely sold out the principles of journalism in order to make more money. If we stop supporting them then they might actually start working on the issues that really matter instead of sensationalizing meaningless stories about nothing. We need fewer tempests in teapots and more investigative reporting about the corruption that runs rampant through the halls of power and more reporting about the thousands of lobbyists that actually run our government. The press was once the shining light of truth on the evils that hid in darkness. It is time to return to that type of reporting and past time to leave the hype in the garbage can where it belongs.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article.

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