In a move that raised a few eyebrows among democratic politicians, Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced today that the State of Florida would consider holding another democratic primary election so Florida's democratic delegates could be seated at this summers convention. The money for this reelection process would be paid for by Florida taxpayers. Late last year, Democrats in Florida ran afoul of the DNC because they held their states primary earlier than the rules allowed. Florida's punishment was to have their state delegates not seated at the democratic convention this summer.
Back when this story was big news, no one ever imaged that the democratic nomination for President would have been this close between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at this late stage of the contest. However, with both Obama and Clinton running neck and neck in the latest delegate count, Florida's democratic delegates are more important now than they would have been earlier in the year. I personally was shocked to discover that a Republican governor was making this gesture to members of another party. Today, DNC chairman Howard Dean seemed to warm up quickly to Governor Crist idea which means it is likely that the State of Florida will hold it's democratic primary again so that Florida's voice will be heard in this years democratic national convention.
Now that Florida has taken the lead in potentially holding another democratic primary, the next question I have is will Michigan be next? If I'm not mistaken, Michigan's governor is a Democrat which should make the decision to hold another primary there easier than in Florida. Right now, delegates from Michigan and Florida could hold the key as to whether the democratic nomination will go to Barack Obama or to Hillary Clinton. The last thing leaders in the democratic party want to see is a brokered convention or a convention where 'Superdelegates' decide which person will win the nomination. There is equal love for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama among members of the democratic party, so the last thing that Democrats want going into this falls election against Senator John McCain is to have a divided party base.
This bipartisan effort by Governor Charlie Crist is hopefully a sign of better corporation in the future between members of the democratic and Republican Party's. For years there has been much mistrust between liberals and conservatives in Washington and it would be nice to see at least some corporation in the future. The best thing about the close race this year between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is that millions of Americans that never took part in the process of helping select their party's candidate for President are showing up and voting this year. For generations, people in power have tried to find a way to get the American people back to the voting booth on election day. While all of their previous efforts have fail, one man by the name of Barack Obama has changed the 2008 election and brought new voices into the political process that were silent for far too long.
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