Mr. Obama isn't trying to disenfranchise the voters in Michigan and Florida. With all due respect, Mr. Obama played no part in those states' plans to move up the dates of their primaries (contrary to the rules of the Democratic National Committee). It should also be pointed out that Mr. Obama did the bidding of the DNC, which asked all parties to remove their names from the Michigan primary ballot. Only Ms. Rodham-Clinton chose not to do the bidding of the party she wants to assist her in her ascent to the White House.
If anyone is to be blamed for disenfranchisement, it is those responsible for scheduling the primaries outside of the timelines allowed by the DNC. Why anyone in either of those states would deliberately choose a course of action that would invalidate their say in the presidential decision is beyond me. The folks who decided to push the primaries forward are the ones who should be blamed for disenfranchisement.
Why weren't the democratic voters of those states concerned about their possible disenfranchisement when it was announced that the primary would be held outside of the DNC's timeline guidelines and therefore wouldn't count?
Is this an outrage? You bet! But I don't think it's the fault of either candidate, unless one of them was the true architect of the plan to move up the primaries. Mr. Obama simply stands to gain more by the status quo, while Ms. Rodham-Clinton stands to gain more if the results of the primary are allowed, or if a do-over is permitted.
This whole mess is going to hand the victory in 2008 to the Republicans, which is amazing, since they're currently bidding adieu to the president with the lowest approval rating in recent history...it should have been a slam-dunk for the Democrats, but the infighting and the animosity of one camp vs. the other is going to split the party vote so badly that they're going to again hand it to the republicans, who, while only a small minority of them are actually HAPPY with John McCain, know how to rally around the candidate their party is going to put forward and create a unified front.
You know, while the democratic party doesn't have to embrace the ideals of the republican party, perhaps they COULD learn a thing or two about how to organize and run the party, and making the rules apply.
Florida and Michigan moved their primaries up so that they'd have a more weighted say in who gets the nomination. Ironically, its the states that waited til the end that will get that privilege.