Thursday, June 16, 2011

2012 Primary - Is is a Primary, Convention, or Caucus?

There's two big issues coming up with State Committee in the next couple of months. It effects all of us. The first issue is when will our presidential primary, caucus, or convention will be? The other, bigger issue, is what will we have.

In 1972, the winner for the democrats in Michigan.....George Wallace. Yeah, that George Wallace. That was during the whole bussing issue.

In 1988, there was a caucus, at least on the Republican side. It was a major battle. I don't know what the democrats have had, but Jesse Jackson won.

In 1992, there was a closed primary. It got tossed out of court after the fact.

In 2000, there was a caucus for the democrats and republican open primary. A lot of the democrats voted for McCain over GW Bush, who won.

In 2004, the democrats had a caucus and there was no primary for the GOP.

In 2008, there was a modified open primary with both parties going on the same day.

With 2012, the democrats are having a caucus. What the republicans are having has not been decided yet. For the same reason the democrats have a caucus in 2004, I don't want an open primary. If I had the chance, I would have voted for Dennis Kucinich in the democrat primary. I don't want a bunch of democrats entering our primary and voting for some Rick Snyder type. Some power brokers WANT democrats voting in our primary because they want a Snyder type to win again. It's good for the consulting fees.

What can we do activists? Not a lot, but there's a little we can do.

1. Lobby the state committee members in your area. They will often be at your district party events. Sometimes they are at your county party events too.

2. Help choose your state committee members. This is long term. It won't effect right now, but could affect things four years from now. Precinct delegates choose delegates for state convention. Those delegates represent the district. The delegates choose the district party committee and its state committee members at the state convention.

3. Precinct delegates are voted in the August primary.

Right now is the time to be active on procedures. We can't let democrats choose our party's nominee. No more Snyders.


Communications guru said...

The crap you wrote never ceases to amaze me.

What the republicans are having has been decided. They set aside $10 million in the budget for a Republican primary in February. How sad; they cut schools, police, revenue sharing and health care for a primary that will not count for a dam thing because it violates the rules and will not count. That does not even take into account you are choosing a sacrificial lamb from a pathetic field of candidates.

As for Democrats choosing Snyder; that is simply not true. Republicans chose Snyder. Our nominee, Virg Bernero, had a primary challenge. Republicans should hold a caucus and put the money back into the General fund where it can do some good because not many people care who the Republican nominee is.

James Hanley said...

I have to agree with Communications Guru. The Democrats had a primary with multiple candidates (including Lt. Gov. and hand-picked would-be successor to Granholm John Cherry and then-House-Speaker Andy Dillon, among others). The Democrats (foolishly, I think, in terms of having a shot at retaining the governor's office) chose Virg Bernero over Dillon. The idea that Democrats were crossing over in large numbers to support Snyder in the Republican primary is nonsense. What happened is that Mike Cox and Pete Hoekstra split the conservative vote, allowing Snyder to come up the middle. Snyder had only 36.4% of the vote, while Hoekstra and Cox together had just under 50% of the bote (with Mike Bouchard having another 12%). Collectively the conservative Republican vote trounced the moderate Republican vote, but it was split among too many conservative candidates.

Of course nominating a moderate made winning the governorship a lot easier. In fact the 2010 election was a perfect illustration of that point. The Republican nominated a moderate, the Democrats nominated a true-blue left-winger, and the moderate trounced the extremist.

Look at Nevada, too. How did a really unpopular guy like Harry Reid keep his seat? Because the Republicans nominated someone who was simply unelectable--by choosing someone so way out there they shot themselves in the foot.

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James Hanley said...

Eh, that last line is supposed to say, "Be careful what you wish for." (More evidence that proofreading is your friend.)