Florida and Michigan have held democratic presidential primaries but only in vein. The national party eliminated all 156 delegates from Michigan and all 210 From Florida for a total of 366 delegates in all. This was the penalty because these states broke party rules against holding their primaries before Feb. 5.
With Florida worth so many delegates alone in conjunction with Hillary Clinton leading current polls 2-1 over the other candidates, of course she would feel that taking this state away from her would be a big blow to her campaign. This I understand. But Michigan on the other hand is a little bit of a cheap issue sine that primary has already taken place and Hillary easily won due to the two main competitors (John Edwards and Barack Obama) knowing there would be no delegates at steak dropped their names from the ballot leaving a easy win for Hillary.
The only names on the ballot were Clinton, Kucinich, Dodd, and Grovel. The fact is that all the major Democratic candidates have made pledges not to campaign in those states before their primaries. It’s not something that just popped up. In this situation you can’t just give Michigan back it’s delegates. The rules were previously set and caused the other candidates not to contend. If the democrats do decide to reinstate Michigan’s delegates they would have to hold a new primary. That wouldn’t be fair to burden the costs of another election on Michigan (you know the one state recession for more than the last 20 years.) due to some political flip flopping.
Overall no matter who’s side your on you have to admit the Democrats have dropped the ball. Not morally but strategically. This year has been a huge year for independent voters. Because of the surge of independent voters making their way to the polls the democrats have seen record turnouts. In most cases this means that independent voters have registered to vote democrat making more eligible voters for the democrats. Not only did the democrats suppress voter turnout by making this race worthless, but they have also turned off some possible democratic voters by not allowing their state to be represented. On the other hand at least all the candidates are on the ballot in Florida making the decision to later reinstate Florida’s delegates a possibility. If thins happens and the race is close and Florida puts one candidate over the top expect things to get ugly.
This shouldn’t be the case for any state. This should especially not happen in such a huge swing state like Florida. Florida was the determining factor during the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. By making the decision to ignore Florida the democrats may have gave up one of the biggest decision makers for their candidate in the presidential election this November.
Then when you have a state like Michigan who has been down and out for over two decades you shouldn’t add insult to injury. I’m sure this wasn’t the Democrats intention at all but it is a result and at the end of the day feelings don’t cut it results do.