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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Back off!

The Democratic National Committee's rule and bylaws committee seems to have come up with a reasonable compromise to resolve the question about what to do with delegates from states that didn't play by the rules -- and now want to change them.

But that doesn't seem to be enough to satisfy the Clintons -- who appear intent on taking down the entire party if they don't get their way.

Let us be very clear: political parties have the right to draw up the rules of how they play their games. Both the Democrats and Republicans opted to allow a very limited number of contests prior to Super Tuesday.

State party officials in both Florida and Michigan -- visions of headlines and tourist dollars dancing in their heads -- decided not to play by the rules. Obama, and once upon a time, Clinton, agreed to play by the rules. The Illinois senator even took his name off the Michigan ballot. Now she has changed her mind.

This is the context of the great delegate seating fight -- two states want a do-over. Under the circumstances, seating all their elected delegates, giving them only a half-vote each and apportioning the total between the two contenders seems perfectly reasonable.

Except to Camp Clinton, which is staged Republican-like faux protests at the committee hearing and is threatening to take their fight to the convention. They need to destroy the party to save it.

No wonder observers with a bit of perspective now label Clinton John McCain's greatest hope.

We have a nation at war, prices for everything from milk and rice to gasoline going through the roof, housing prices collapsing and we find ourselves at loggerheads over preacher comments and whether party rules are as sacrosanct as law.

We have no one to blame but ourselves for the fact the world is laughing at us.

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