Wednesday, March 19, 2008

In NYT Oped Former Iowa Dems Communications Director Says Rules Count

Former Iowa Democratic Party communications director Carrie Giddins, who for more than a year dealt with the hordes of national and international media in Iowa for caucuses coverage, had a front-row seat for the calendar wars with Florida and Michigan.

In an opinion piece in today's New York Times entitled rules count she reminds Michigan and Florida of some the earlier statements and ugly tactics involved in trying to line jump in the nominating process.

Giddins, who is now a Washington, D.C.-based communications consultant concludes:

Florida and Michigan must face the consequences of their decisions.

That said, because millions of people from Florida and Michigan should not be punished for the short-sighted acts of their state’s Democratic Party leaders, the states’ delegates should be welcome at the national convention in Denver. But the delegates “won” in those noncompliant elections in January should be split 50-50 between the two remaining candidates.

There is no such thing as a do-over. Do-overs are what you get when the end results don’t matter. Do-overs are what children do on a playground. Adults accept their mistakes, learn from them and move on.

This story is cross-posted at Iowa

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