OK, it’s crunch time for the candidates to reel in their delegates, and
obviously the campaigns are a bit on edge. For my own sake, I’ll just
clarify my thoughts on the whole thing:
- As we’ve said any number of times, the 15% rule is stupid.
A candidate’s place on the ballot ought to be based on signatures; full
stop. The Dems should change the rules for next time.
- That being said, the candidates all knew the rules going into the
caucuses and now the convention.
Reilly is quoted saying this:
“There is some mischief
afoot in the campaigns,” Reilly told supporters in his campaign office
as they scrambled to prepare for the Democratic confab in Worcester. “We know that there is a concerted effort to keep us off the ballot.
There is certainly, absolutely no question, that one of our opponents feels, and is making very public, that they have 70 percent (of
Or this from Gabrieli’s spokesman:
“It has been well-reported that Deval Patrick has taken steps to keep us off the ballot. I think that is interesting considering (Patrick’s) campaign is about inclusion and the politics of hope, and not being an ordinary leader.”
I’m sorry, but Stop The Whining. Reilly’s campaign shouldn’t even be
in this position, but they got badly out-hustled. Gabrieli wasn’t even
in the game, and knew when he jumped in that this would be a big
challenge. Patrick’s delegates — after publicly pledging to support
Patrick — should not somehow feel obligated to support someone
else, out of a sense of fair play. “Fair play” means doing what you
said you would do.
It is not the Patrick campaign’s obligation to bend the rules, however stupid they may be. If we need someone to blame, blame Phil Johnston and the party muckety-mucks for having such a silly
and divisive rule. The rules may be dumb, but they are being applied consistently.
Patrick, Reilly, and Gabrieli will get the delegates they deserve tomorrow, nothing more and nothing less. I hope and suspect that all three will get in, and we’ll thankfully never hear of the 15% rule again.