Will the FL and MI do-overs be democratic elections, or will they be disenfranchising caucuses?
Dean leaves the question open:
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean urged Florida and Michigan party officials to come up with plans to repeat their presidential nominating contests so that their delegates can be counted.
"All they have to do is come before us with rules that fit into what they agreed to a year and a half ago, and then they'll be seated," Dean said during a round of interviews Thursday on network and cable TV news programs.
The two state parties will have to find the funds to pay for new contests without help from the national party, Dean said.
"We can't afford to do that. That's not our problem. We need our money to win the presidential race," he said.
Officials in Michigan and Florida are showing renewed interest in holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes will count in the epic Democratic campaign.
So... If caucuses end up being cheaper, why not go with them?!<--break-->
My caucus was held in a high school gym. There was a very long line, it lasted for hours and people had to climb up and down bleachers.
It was as plain as day that those physical conditions disenfranchised those who had to work, the poor, the sick, the elderly, those with childcare issues, and those without cars.
The Texas results confirm this: If the caucus system were democratic, the caucus results would correspond to the ballot results. They didn't.
In other words, if the FL and MI do-overs are going to be legitimate, and perceived as legitimate, they need to actual primaries, and not caucuses.