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Obama camp skeptical of mail vote



Chief Barack Obama strategist David Axelrod was decidedly skeptical about Fl's ability to carry out a statewide mail election to Joe Scarborough this morning (Clinton-backer Debbie Wasserman Schultz was also skeptical on Michael Putney's show Sun). Axelrod noted it took Oregon years to come up with an adequate systyem. Meanwhile Al Sharpton is heading to FL with a lawsuit in mind if the 1/29 vote is counted, and Bill Nelson pens an WSJ op ed.

Anybody else sense that with all the hand-wringing over Florida's delegates, a do-over election still seems more likely it WON'T happen than will? 1. Hillary Clinton folks are deeply divided over whether they even want a re-vote. 2. Howard Dean is doing zilch to help make it happen. 3. Karen Thurman and other Democratic leaders are awaiting some sort of direction and agreement from Obama/Clinton, and that looks unlikely to happen. 4. There's no consensus on such basic logistical questions as whether legislative action is needed and whether the state must run such an election. 5. The Obama campaign is doing nothing to help make it happen and now is throwing water on the only kind of election that looks feasible and affordable. 6. Does anybody feel warm and fuzzy about Florida rushing into an experimental election that could decide the leader of the free world?

Reasons why it may happen yet: 1. Everybody seems to be saying FL and Michigan MUST be seated and this Must be resolved before the convention. Despite Gov. Crist's assertion that the "consensus" is to seat the delegation based on 1/29 vote, that's simply not going to happen. 2. Some pro-Clinton Democratic big shots seems to think they pony up millions for a re-do, and it shouldn't be any problem for Obama, who has more money than God.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:16pm]


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