It’s not about Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. It’s not about rules. It’s not even just about the Democrats winning this November. It’s the next election and the one after that, and the one after that. It’s about democracy.
When you can make up rules that result in the disenfranchisement of innocent voters, whatever the goals of those rules may be, you abandon any pretext of being a democratic institution. Hiding behind “the rules” does not change that.
Not to be alarmist, but I’m pretty sure that there will be no functional Democratic Party after 2008 if Florida and Michigan votes are not counted before the nominee is determined–Before! If you don’t think the first elections were valid, then you should have revotes. It really is that simple. But the flippant disregard for democracy among people who envision themselves as the liberal/Democratic intellectuals makes it worth repeating. It’s not just absurd. It’s dangerous.