The Democrat party is a financial and business organization just like any other. Its business is to participate in organized political campaigns. It takes in money and pays bills just like any other business organization.
It is currently in crisis that, without competent leadership will lead very quickly to disaster. Here is what they did and what they are now doing that puts them on the path to losing all credibility in the near term.
A committee — the DNC — decided that a state that changes its primary date will lose its representation. Florida and Michigan did not follow this ridiculous rule. The DNC has now applied the rule and Florida and Michigan delegates, as of now, will not be seated or counted.
Large Florida contributors are demanding their money back on the logical grounds that if they are not eligible to vote and participate, what they paid their money to support has improperly been taken from them.
The DNC did no competent “What if” analysis on this rule. They could/should have asked, “What if states do not comply? What if we disqualify the delegates from non compliant states?” The answers to those questions would/should have resulted in the ridiculous rule never being adopted.
The rule was not adopted by any consensus of the party membership. It was simply promulgated from on high, deux ex machina. Now, the DNC refuses to address the ridiculous result they have brought about because to do so they would have to admit error. People who will not take responsibility for the results of what they have done cannot lead any organization to success.
By now stating that these consequences must now be resolved in some democratic fashion, when the problem did not result from a democratic process, what they are really saying is that they refuse to be responsible and want the party membership and the opposing campaigns to resolve the issues. That won’t happen. The campaign that would not profit from recognition of these delegates will never agree to recognition. The campaign that would profit from recognition of these delegates will not agree to anything but recognition. That is an impasse. It will not amicably be resolved in the near term. It cries out to be resolved in the near term.
If there were competent leadership, the following resolution would be imposed by the DNC.
The Florida delegated would be seated and awarded according to the vote already had. All candidates’ names were on the ballot. While no one campaigned while standing on Florida soil, what the candidates had to say was witnessed on television in their debates and in their various speeches. Nothing was missed by any Floridian wishing to hear it. That vote has no logical flaw and should be recognized.
As there was not a complete candidate roster in the Michigan primary, that has to be repeated with the current candidates on the ballot. That can be done now, and the party can pay for it. Then the crisis will be over in the near term and the convention can be held without the terrible fights that continuation of the present course will make inevitable.
Will the DNC do this? If they don’t, they will make a potential successful election year become an abject failure of competence. It is unlikely that the national election will award much to an organization that cannot get out of its own way in the execution of its most important project.