Monday, February 11, 2008
Staging a Democratic Party caucus to select Michigan's convention delegates is like a "Soviet style election. If you don't like the results, do it again….no one in their right mind would suggest that." That's the take of former Gov. Jim Blanchard who co-chairs the Hillary Clinton effort in Michigan. Blanchard understands that Barak Obama supporters in Michigan want a piece of the convention delegation and Blanchard says talks toward that end should begin. But he says the talks begin with the premise that his candidate gets 55% of the seats. "They are entitled to some accommodation,' Blanchard comments on the unfolding flap over the composition of the state delegation to this summer's democratic national convention in Denver. Blanchard argues the man to resolve this impasse is Michigan's senior senator Carl Levin who has never declared his preference for Clinton or Obama. " "He is neutral," Blanchard says and the national Democratic Party which threatens to lock out the state delegation should "climb off the limb they are on and it should be sooner not later." He wants a resolution prior to the convention when the acrimony could be at a fever pitch especially if the Michigan delegation could secure the nomination for Clinton. Blanchard has never been a fan of the caucus system claiming it is open to manipulation by party leaders. "The primary is the way to go," he argues and to create another caucus now is "absurd."