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primavera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 11:57 AM
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51. How can we possibly know the voters' intent...
... when Hillary's was the only name on the ballot? As much as I feel for Michigan voters, I don't see any way that their intent can be reliably assessed at this point. I mean, who can know what the outcome would have been had Obama and Edwards campaigned there and their names been included on the ballot? At thisd point, all we can do is speculate, based upon early poll results, but who's to say that, under different circumstances, maybe Edwards could have given a really energizing speech, had he campaigned in Michigan, that would have really resonated with Michigan voters, and he might have won the primary. Or maybe Obama, who knows? No one can know what might have been. So how can we pretend after the fact that we have some crystal ball that allows us to know what Michigan voters would have wanted in an open contest between the candidates? If there's no way of knowing that, how can we claim that we're being faithful to our democratic principles by carving up Michigan delegates and assigning them to anyone's camp?
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