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  •  Not the first time this happened with Michigan (3+ / 0-)
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    ballerina X, evdebs, paintitblue
    Gore and Bradley both removed themselves from the Michigan primary ballot in 2000 at the DNC's request.  Michigan had tried to intervene in the Iowa/NH mess.  What Obama, Edwards, etc. did was quite precedented.  
    •  Link documentation for this? (0+ / 0-)

      I have no recollection of that happening, and I live here.

      •  How the heck could you forget Lyndon LaRouche? (0+ / 0-)
        Oh wait...  he's batshit crazy.  Yeah, I could see why you might want to forget.  ;)

        Anyways, here's the primary results:

        http://www.michigan.gov/...

        Here's the results of the subsequent caucus (which was scheduled before the primary even ran):

        http://www.thegreenpapers.com/...

        Here's some recent talk about it:

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

        It wasn't a big deal because Gore was widely expected to clean up.  I remember it mostly because I didn't like Gore at the time and would've voted for Bradley if I could've.  :)

        •  Ok. Here's the thing: (0+ / 0-)

          Michigan has had a state-sponsored presidential primary, with a Democratic side of the ballot, since 1972 or before... but the Michigan Democrats have always ignored it since 1980 and chosen delegates in caucuses (except for 1992, when the legislature passed a one-time registration law which made the primary acceptable to the national party).

          So if the Democratic candidates kept or took their name off the Michigan Primary ballot in 2000 (which is apparantly true), it was just "business as usual" here.  We never used that primary, because it was too "open" to satisfy DNC rules.... and no delegates were allocated through it.

          That's really not comparable to what happened this time, at all.

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