June 1, 2008


Obama’s Pyrrhic Michigan Victory (Thurlow Weed, 6/01/08, Real Clear Politics)

Yesterday’s DNC decision to award Obama delegates in Michigan even though he was not on the ballot surely seemed plausible to Democratic leaders trying to find a way out of their dilemma. The idea of splitting the baby in Michigan and Florida, seating the delegates while cutting their voting strength, was always a natural one, and in and of itself will cause little problem.

But the Michigan decision is a jaw dropper. By setting aside election results to Hillary’s disadvantage, the DNC has saddled its likely nominee with an enraged opponent who now has every incentive to carry the fight through the summertime. Simultaneously, it has told Michigan voters that the DNC – and by extension, its nominee, Obama – is willing to set aside election results it does not like. That cannot have a positive effect on Michigan swing voters – and Obama needs to carry Michigan in the fall to have any shot at victory.

...that Democrats saw no problem in splitting the baby.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 1, 2008 11:02 PM

MI is looking like a perfect storm right now for the Dems. A lousy economy, made worse by a Democratic governor's shopworn tax & spend policy, combined with all kinds of problems in Detroit. Can Obama keep Kwame Kilpatrick from uttering the words "Barack Obama" for the next 5 months? And what about Mrs. John Conyers?

Will Obama try to dump Howard Dean (the 'architect' of the MI/FL mess)? I'll bet some in his inner circle are chomping at the bit.

Posted by: ratbert at June 2, 2008 12:51 AM

"...willing to set aside election results it does not like."

How Al Gorish of them...

Posted by: Bartman at June 2, 2008 8:08 AM

On one hand Michigan's black voters are going to vote D no matter what.

The white Democrats are another story and there may be an opening; however, it will still be a tough road for the Republicans. Overall, I do agree with OJ in that I think McCain has a great chance to beat Obama in November.

Posted by: pchuck at June 2, 2008 9:03 AM
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