I have often found it hard to distinguish between irony and hypocrisy. For instance I had a friend who was staunchly pro-life. He marched along side of me at pro-life rallies and waved his banner high, until his fourteen year old daughter got pregnant. Then he abandoned his pro-life ethos, and rushed off to an abortion clinic daughter in hand. Now was that irony or hypocrisy, or perhaps a little of both? That is the same quandary the Democratic Party faces. I am not speaking about the abortion debate; that has been settled for them eons ago. But the issue of the one man (woman) one vote scenario has been their battle cry since FDR. In fact the genesis for the Hate Bush Syndrome was that the votes in Florida were not counted. The Democratic Party is now faced with a predicament, involving the very same issue, counting votes in Florida. It seems two states, Florida and Michigan, wanted to move their primaries a head of Iowa and New Hampshire. As a punishment czar Howard Dean decreed that their votes would not count. All parties agreed, until the race got close. Perhaps I should remind my readers that last January this columnist predicted Obama would put pressure on Clinton and things would get ‘ugly, very ugly’. Senator Obama has spun his message of hope, into a formidable force and now leads in delegates at this late date. The irony, or hypocrisy, of the Democratic Party insisting that votes not be counted in two major state primaries, one of them being Florida, is almost too much for this centrist to bare.
Not only has the ‘party of the people’ tried their best to disenfranchise the voters of two states, it seem their system also claims that some delegates are more equal than others, and do not need the approval of the people, rather only the approval of the power brokers. The Democratic Party, that bastion of civility and fairness, has conjured up a primary system that would have made Stalin proud. It is uniquely structured to ensure their ‘good old boys and girls’ stay in power. It includes over 800 votes gifted to the few entrenched and privileged and aptly called ‘Super Delegates’. Apparently the people, or at least the Registered Democrats, can’t be trusted. So if, by some chance a dark horse takes the lead and the race is to close to call, i.e. if the voice of the people speaks against the brokers, then they have a ‘contingency clause’, the Super Delegates. In that case the ‘more equal’, get to choose the candidate. Even in the likelihood that something be worked out so that voters in Florida and Michigan be given a voice, the probability that the Democratic Candidate will be chosen in a smoked filled back room by good old boys (and girls) is a very real scenario; a development which may precipitate both the formation of a third political party (as I also predicted in January) and an occurrence at the Democratic Convention that would make the 1968 Chicago Convention pale in comparison. So move over Moveon, because hypocrisy and irony are alive and well in the Democratic Party.