They say that politics is a game. Politics being the games and tricks that go on behind the scenes: The wheeling and dealing, The leaked memos and dirty secrets, the tricks. And that being so, the players are either winners or sore losermen.
But, I think that most of us see democracy as a combination of politics and voting — not just the politics. In fact, it’s possible that most of us think of democracy as the voting.
So I’m thinking about Democratic Primaries and politics vs voting:
- The Democratic Primary is a club. Pretty much anyone can join but, never forget – it’s a club and they can set their own RULES.
- States – say for example, Florida and Michigan – are governments and they can schedule elections (even primary elections) whenever they want.
In 2008 #1 – Democratic Party RULES collided with #2 the PRIMARY ELECTIONS in Florida and Michigan.
That might seem like a small thing to you but, here’s what happened. The Democratic Party (DNC) said that the Florida and Michigan elections didn’t count because the Democratic National Committee didn’t approve of the date of the elections.
Oh, in the end – May 31, 2008 – the DNC granted Florida and Michigan 1/2 their delegations. But, it was at the cost of the reappropriation of the Michigan delegation. For reasons not even remotely explained, Obama was given all the uncommitted delegates and 4 of Hillary’s.
We had a collision between the Politics and the Voting. And the Politics won.