Florida and Michigan voters still have a chance to be counted at the Democratic Convention in August. Both states have until June to submit plans to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for party-run contests, that comply with party rules.
But Hillary Clinton's stated position on the matter is disingenuous at best. In a conference call late last week, her aide Harold Ickes said voters in Florida and Michigan should not be "disenfranchised" and that the states were important to the Democratic Party's fortunes. Ickes said Clinton didn't vote on the DNC rules. But as a sitting member of the Rules and Bylaws Commission, Ickes did. In August he voted to strip Florida and Michigan of their delegates.
Both states violated party rules by moving their primary dates prior to February 5. Presidential candidates - including Clinton - signed a pledge agreeing not to campaign in those states. "Those were the rules and we thought we had an obligation to enforce them," Ickes said. So why does the Clinton campaign suddenly think otherwise?
In the same conference call, Ickes told reporters that Florida and Michigan delegations should be seated at the convention and have full voting rights. He said delegates should be allocated "based on voting that took place in those states" - never mind that in Michigan, Sen. Barack Obama’s name did not appear on the ballot. "Uncommitted" received 41 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 55 percent.
If the Clinton campaign is so concerned about delegates from Florida and Michigan, why don't they urge Democratic leadership in those states to conduct DNC-sanctioned primaries or caucuses? Otherwise, Clinton and her aides need to drop their petulant rebellion against rules to which all candidates - as well as the party leadership in Florida and Michigan - previously agreed.