A Democratic Mulligan?

The Democratic Party elders are talking about having a “do over” in Florida and Michigan. Bill Clinton is notorious for demanding mulligans (do overs) when he plays golf, so it’s only natural that Hillary wants to play by Bill’s rules.

From an Associated Press report:

Officials in Michigan and Florida are showing renewed interest in holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes will count in the epic Democratic campaign.

The Michigan governor, along with top officials in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign and Florida’s state party chair, are now saying they would consider holding a sort of do-over contest by June. That’s a change from their previous insistence that the primaries their states held in January should determine how the their delegates are allocated.

Clinton won both contests, but the results were meaningless because the elections violated national party rules.

The Democratic National Committee stripped both states of all their delegates for holding the primaries too early, and all Democratic candidates – including Clinton and rival Barack Obama – agreed not to campaign in either state. Obama’s name wasn’t even on the Michigan ballot.

Florida and Michigan moved up their dates to protest the party’s decision to allow Iowa and New Hampshire to go first, followed by South Carolina and Nevada, giving them a disproportionate influence on the presidential selection process.

But no one predicted the race would still be very close this late in the year.

Isn’t this changing the rules in the middle of the game? Doesn’t this create an enormous advantage for Hillary? Will Obama’s black supporters, as Democratic strategist Tad Devine suggested, take to the streets during the Denver convention if Obama is denied the nomination because of this pro-Hillary maneuver?

Well at least the Democrats will have the “do over” they didn’t get in 2000.

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