Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Back to basics: in a democracy candidates are allowed to run

Some of Senator Obama's supporters, commenting on Senator Clinton's efforts to support a re-vote for Michigan, make a demand that shocks me every time I see it: they demand that Senator Clinton withdraw from the nomination process.

It is entirely irresponsible for a supporter of either candidate in the closely contested Democratic nominate to suggest that the other candidate should withdraw.

The last time I checked democracy itself demands competing voices and personalities.

Meanwhile - and apologies for playing the same song again - the DNC, as a national organization, should be ensuring that Democrats in Michigan and Florida are heard, in accordance with the preferences they have expressed or, if possible, that they would express in a revote. Abdication of this responsibility to rank and file Democrats is not helping either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton.

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