Power And Dollar

Who Doesn’t Want This Bloodbath?

The DNC establishment fears (or so we have been reading) an Obama vs Clinton will become a bloodbath, tear the party apart and send the White House to McCain as a complimentary retirement package.  Obama and Clinton are doing exactly what the Democrats have failed to do for 4 decades.  This is a rare opportunity a lot of small charities never managed to have such an impact in a presidential nomination race.


Even if Victor DiMaio will not file another lawsuit against DNC, this nomination race exposed the problem with staging the primaries at different times.  


Nomination and fundraising rules are the two key elements in politics.  Nomination process is a product vetting process, no different from any other decision process in a company board room, charity board room or even high school student government.  This process has to assure all relevant inputs are included into the process, vetted by participants and competitively assessed.  If a process is made to be “not competitively”, it only damages the success of the output in the market place.  In the long run, it will damage the brand.  All products bearing the brand will get discounted, given the time is long enough for the damage to wear into the minds of the consumers.  


Voter turn out increases when there is much at stake.  Read this:


This is not only true in this Democratic primary, but also true across all democracies.  Voters will go watch a game when a game is competitive.  TV stations get a higher viewership for the same reason.  


A prolonged primary will force both candidates to build their political infrastructure in the battling states.  The beneficiary is actually the local party.  The state democrats will have a chance to get a higher voter turn out, a higher voter registration, a higher volunteer participation, a higher donation head count as well as dollar amount, more party membership.  A next generation of staffers actually gets more opportunities for training, be they aspiring city councilors, school board district candidates or even nonprofits/charities which have a strong commitment to a cause.  


Charities and advocacy groups now have a much more publicized opportunity to reach the general audience, recruit volunteers, generate donations, outreach and build a bigger infrastructure.  An election is not only for the candidates, but also for every organized civic cause.


There is more.  These late primary states now have much better political access to the candidates than before.  Their concerns now get a chance to get exemplified to the level they never experienced before.  Even a state legislator can have a chance to talk to the presidential hopefuls via a telephone rather than a staffer (or a receptionist) of the candidate.  Every organization that can mobilize voters for voter registration or voter turn out now has a much better chance to influence a presidential candidate than before.


Whom does a newly elected official owe more favours?  The king makers.  And now these late states get more bragging rights and become a heavier weight in the next presidency.  Everyone is now checking their balance sheets of favours owed and favours made to get the biggest block of super delegates.  Even organizations which maintain their own balance sheet should check too.  And if your organization can manage a small amount of soft money for a House Representative race, you now have a chance to influence this super delegate’s vote in Denver.  The super delegates, in particular the super delegates of these final states, should embrace this rare opportunity.  So do the voters of these super delegates too. 


Is it unfair to a voter among the states of Super Tuesday?  Certainly, undoubtedly so.  This system was born in 1968.  And it took 40 years for Victor DiMaio to file a lawsuit (and got dismissed).  


*A lot of progress has been made in political science regarding improving voting systems.  The current Democrat system can be found by keywords McGovern-Fraser Commission.


April 7, 2008 - Posted by | advocacy, america politics, Current Events, Democrats, election, Election 2008, Electioneering, Hillary Clinton, nonprofits, obama, politics, US politics, wordpress-political-blogs

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