posted on Aug, 21 2007 @ 04:58 AM
The Florida State Legislature voted a few months ago to move its primary elections up to January of 2008. There's a problem. The DNC only allows 4
states to hold primary elections before Feb 5. The RNC allows only 7. Florida isn't one of them in either case.
For violating party rules, Florida will be sanctioned by both parties, losing half of its delegates to the conventions. Of greater impact, no
candidate who campaigns in Florida or raises funds there will be able to recieve delegates from Florida at the conventions. In case you're wondering,
this isn't a surprise. Florida legislators knew the rules and new they would be sanctioned for breaking them.
This is bad news for candidates not running in the front of the pack, who desperately need every delegate they can get their hands on if they want the
nomination. Now Florida is worth much less to such candidates, can't be campaigned for, and can't be a fund-raising destination for them.
Hillary of course has refused to be deterred. She already has her eyes on the general election and has vowed to campaign and raise funds there anyway.
She doesn't need Florida's delegates to the convention. She is free to gear up for a stronger showing in the general election, because she's not
hard-pressed for delegates.
In a blatant, yet relatively obscure act of political sabotage, Florida's legislators have weakened the voice of their constituents in the primaries
in order to reserve the campaign funding goldmine of Florida for those who decide they don't want or need the votes of Floridians.
On the bright side, we're going to get an honest look at politics here. The candidates have to choose between the votes of the people of Florida, and
the dollars of special interest groups in Florida.