In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Let's Do It Again
A month ago everyone dismissed the idea of re-doing the Michigan presidential primary as deader than a doornail. Ah, but the corpse has winked. Now the first thing you want to know is who will get stuck with the tab for another vote? Recall that the "election" on January 15th cost a cool $12 million smackers of your money. If democrats decide they want another bite of the election apple the party will foot the bill. With that out of the way, why the rush to vote again? Last Tuesday's election results have again propelled Michigan's convention delegation into the national spotlight. When Clinton beat Obama in Ohio and Texas, suddenly the race was not over but only just beginning. With this contest so darn close, Michigan's 156 delegates along with the 200 plus from Florida could decide which candidate gets the nomination. There is no consensus yet on what form this new election might take, but democrats are united on one front: They do not want to go to the national convention with the seating of the Michigan delegation still up in the air. That could lead to an intra-party civil war between the two presidential camps which can only help the republicans. So what will they do to get Michigan democrats onto the convention floor? At this read your guess is as good as anyone's. There could be a "firehouse primary' where on a given day, voters can go to their local firehouse and vote for the Hill or the Big O. There could be an accommodation reached on giving most of the uncommitted votes to Obama from last January's vote. What ever they decide, every camp will have to sign off and "fairness" will be the key. Obama's gang will protest if somebody tries to steal this election and Clinton could do that with the bunch of Michigan super delegates on her side. Michigan democrats wanted attention and boy are they getting it. Now the question is, what will they do with it? As the governor likes to say, stay tuned.