Love her or hate her, one thing is for sure and that is - Hillary Clinton is the smartest candidate running for President of the United States in 2008. While Barack Obama, John Edwards and most of the other lower tier democratic candidates are towing the party-line and agreeing not to campaign in Michigan because they have moved their primary date ahead a New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton has refused to follow suit and is going full speed ahead with her candidacy in that state. Both Michigan and Florida have decided that they are tired of being ignored when it comes to their primary elections in favor of smaller states like New Hampshire and Iowa and they have moved their primary dates up to January and caused tremendous stress on the DNC establishment.
In my opinion these large states do have a good argument and in my view they will eventually win this fight because it won't be long before Hillary Clinton will be running the DNC. The reason Michigan and Florida are so upset is because for decades, Democratic candidates have come into their state only to raise money and not to campaign for the huge numbers of voters that live there. The ever increasing "front loading" of primary's in both the Republican and Democratic Party causes a clear winner to emerge after only a few primary's and some of the states with the most power in selecting the party's nominee have the fewest voters, overall, in the general election. I live in Texas and like Florida and Michigan our state is basically ignore in presidential primary's as well, but that does not stop candidates from both political party's from stopping by to fill up their war chest with much needed money.
The problem I see with the DNC is that Howard Dean, the leader of the party, is trying to hold on to tradition for too long. Like everything else in this world, politics are changing and rather than trying to hold on to old time traditions like keeping New Hampshire and Iowa as the guaranteed first primary states forever, the Democratic Party should be looking toward the future which is exactly what front runner Hillary Clinton is doing right now. By March of next year, Howard Dean will no longer be controlling the Democratic Party, except maybe as a figure head, because once Hillary Clinton wins enough delegates to take the nomination on the first ballot, Dean will be history and a hand picked new chairman of the DNC will be put into place by Hillary Clinton.
The reason Republican's are so against Hillary Clinton is not just because of her stand on the issues, but because she has a real chance to beat them next November and become the next President of the United States. Disenfranchising millions of voters in Michigan and Florida is not the way to win either the democratic nomination or the general election next year and that is why Hillary Clinton will win the democratic nomination and why she has a better than 50% chance of becoming the next President of the United States.
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