This blog reported yesterday about the extremely strange way Michigan Delegate votes were allocated to Barack Obama yesterday. The published post discussed how Obama would get the results of two places on the ballot uncommitted and the write in vote. Obama asked the voters of Michigan and even passed out handouts suggesting to people who wanted to vote for him to vote uncommitted. We all assumed he would get uncommitted for Michigan. We did not assume he would get the write in vote also which according to Michigan is uncounted if a candidate has not formally declared that he would run for office in Michigan write in for the candidate can not be tallied or recorded the machine ignores them and no one knows who the write ins were for. Since it is illegal to look at ballots, Michigan says they relied on exit polls in determining the votes Obama should have for write in. In other words Michigan gave Obama votes without votes.
In any event I thought I was crazy and must have imagined the above because out of over 50 articles I’ve read about the “big” compromise, no one has written about it. It’s like Michigan did not do a dirty deal to give Obama votes. However one truth seeking newspaper is reporting how the Michigan Obama delegates were allotted also. Joseph Williams and Bryan Bender of the Boston Globe are reporting :
“Mark Brewer, chairman of Michigan’s Democratic Party, told the panel the best solution was a compromise, based on an assessment of exit polling and other data. Brewer said Obama was entitled to 59 pledged delegates to Clinton’s 69, “a far fairer reflection of the Democratic preferences in Michigan.”
Exit polls are not the same things as votes. Michigan did not hold an exit poll caucus. Honestly Obama should not have been given the write in vote, and technically he should have been made to associate the uncommitted with his campaign by asking uncommitted to come forward.