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March 6, 2008 - Steve Murch
Everyone who believed Michigan’s Democrat delegates would count may wind up getting their wish if the state is granted a do-over. What a wild ride it still might turn out to be between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
However, even if there is a do-over there are issues aside from monetary. Put the cost aside for a minute and think of this perilous decision — who gets to vote?
If the only people who get to vote are those who voted in the primary, you shun people who might have had something unforeseen that prevented them from voting like a trip to the emergency room. Or, if it’s only for people who are registered Democrats, then you run the risk of alienating independents who might vote for the Dems in the general election. Either way, you don’t want to tick off people who might vote for you.
If you open it up to all voters then you run the risk of the Republicans getting together and creating a voting bloc to hand the state to Clinton — since Obama polls better against John McCain. But if you’re Republican, do you really want to participate in a Democratic election. Not to mention, the move of creating a voting bloc could backfire.
And if you’re Clinton, do you really want a caucus? After all, Obama fares much better in caucuses than she does.
Not matter how you slice it, it’s a mess.
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