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Gelber: Don't blame FL Dems for delegate loss



UPDATE: Gelber may have audio, but Republicans have video -- of Sen. Steve Geller offering an "amendment" to move the primary back. It was fun and games back then. No longer. See it here.

The House Democratic leader, continuing his push for a new, vote-by-mail primary, on his new blog repeats the Democratic argument (scoffed at by the DNC) that they were helpless to stop Republicans from moving the primary to Jan. 29. He even includes audio of David Rivera laughing at the Democrats' amendment to shift the date to Feb. 5.

What we wonder, though, is what would have happened if Florida Democrats opposed the early primary from the start, rather than waiting until the last minute. Instead of cheerleading the idea of an early primary violating the national party rules and brushing off Howard Dean, who knows if the new governor stressing bi-partisanship would have been keen on rolling Democrats.

The only thing that's certain in hindsight is FL Republicans had a HUGE role in deciding the nominee 1/29 and FL Democrats would have had a far bigger role if the primary had stayed in March.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:12pm]


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