posted on May, 31 2008 @ 08:52 PM
Originally posted by pikypiky
Wait! What? The title to the thread mislead me into believing that Obama is already the [unofficial] nominee for the Democratic Party.
Because of how the delegates are proportionally distributed, the three remaining primaries are certain to give Obama the 60+ delegates he needs to
have the majority needed for the nomination.
By allocating the delegates in the way in which they did, the DNC Rules Committee essentially gave Obama the nomination. Obama reaped the rewards of
removing his name from the ballot in Michigan by gaining favor in Iowa and New Hampshire by doing so. He then reaped the benefit of being handed 55
delegates from Michigan, a state in which he received ZERO votes.
It doesn't matter that his name wasn't on the ballot. We're talking about a legal process here. "Uncommitted" is a legal designation for a
delegate. There is NO legal basis to transfer uncommitted delegates to Obama, nor is there any basis to take 73 delegates won by Clinton, and take
away four. In fact, the four that were taken away were given to Obama, so it's an 8 delegate swing.
Let's put this in perspective. Clinton picked up 9 delegates in her much ballyhooed win in Ohio. Obama gained 8 by a show of hands of 18 members of
the DNC rules committee today.
Not only is this screwing the voters of Michigan and Florida, it's also terribly unfair to the voters in EVERY state, such as Pennsylvania, who did
follow the rules and allocated the delegates legally. Obama's allotment of delegates from Michigan was just handed to him because he's Obama.
This is really making a mockery of the entire process.