This represents and should represent the last solution that the DNC could find, given the limited time until June. It is not the best solution, but it is definitely the best one under the current circumstances. The re-vote solution, if the necessary conditions are fulfilled, would be the fairest solution to the matter. Yet, under the circumstances that shall be explained in the following paragraphs, a re-vote is considered too complicated, time constraining and could create even more scandal within the Democrat Party.
In order to support the 50/50 position and the half-vote per delegate, one should analyze the other two possibilities, and by elimination, this one becomes the optimal one. The first solution, which Mrs. Clinton supports given her results, is to seat the delegates on the basis of the primaries results. Yet, if the DNC takes this decision, it would create a precedent for other states to dodge party rules, and it would also create serious distortions within the Democrat Party. Mr. Obama's clear position of not taking the primaries' results into consideration is more than fair, taking into consideration not only the morality (or immorality) of the situation, but also party regulations. One might present as a counterargument that the Florida and Michigan delegates chose to vote, and not when to vote. From their part, it seems inequitable not to have delegates on the basis of their votes. Yet, when voting, the electors where aware of the risk they were taking, having in view the DNC's prior decisions.
The second solution, even if it is obviously the fairest - a re-vote - is considered optimal if all conditions are fulfilled. Given the fact that the most advantageous process of election in the current circumstances would be a mail-in election, this has to be conducted in the best possible technical manner. In Florida, Chairwoman for the Democrat Party Karen Thurman endorsed this idea "but that fell through in the face of opposition from the party's congressional delegation" (Henneberg, 2008). The problem is that neither Florida nor Michigan have experience in this type of voting, and time and financial limitations prevent such an electoral system to be put into practice.
Why therefore a 50/50 seating plan in Michigan and a half-vote per delegate in Florida? The half-vote per delegate proposal was presented to the ultimate deciding body, the Credentials Committee, and at...
It is, as Ron Levitt argues "the last chance for a new primary by June 3 evaporated (...) any chance for a re-vote is gone" (Levitt, 2008). In what regards Michigan, the 50/50 seating plan that Obama proposed may not seem fair having in view that the electorate has no possibility to vote. Yet, if the DNC decision is to be taken when the primaries end, it appears that there is not enough time for a re-vote in Michigan. Having in view that Obama withdraw from the race in this state in view of DNC's decision, a re-vote as soon as possible is the best solution at this point, for Michigan. But not in a few months time, when the primaries are over. Michigan is a problematic case: the best solution now would be a re-vote. But a re-vote now is unlikely to happen and moreover after the primaries are finished. The Michigan legislature has not taken yet a decision on a re-vote and "by the time lawmakers return [from their two weeks recess], it will probably be too late to approve and organize a new vote before early June, the deadline established by the national Democratic Party" (CNN, 2008)
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CNN Politics. "No deal reached on Michigan re-vote." CNN Election Centre 2008. March 2008, 2 April 2008. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/20/michigan.florida/
Hasen, Rick. " Worries About a Florida Primary Do-Over Through Vote by Mail," the Huffington Post, March 2008, 2 April 2008. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-hasen/worries-about-a-florida-p_b_90583.html
Henneberg, Molly, Bruns, Aaron. "Ambitious Re-Vote Plans for Michigan, Florida Heading Down the Tubes." Fox News. March 2008, 2 April 2008. http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/03/20/ambitious-re-vote-plans-for-michigan-florida-heading-down-the-tubes/
Levitt, Ron. "Florida Moves Ahead Despite DNC Threat." The Huffington Post. March 2008. 2 April 2008. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ron-levitt/florida-moves-ahead-despi_b_94288.html
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