Well, this is interesting news.
Now it is okay to cancel elections and primaries.
See, the entire justification for the legal eagles at the State of Michigan was to ensure that a fair election is provided for its constituency. The voters get to vote, and the people choose their leadership. I have no problem with that. If you vote and lose, then your voice was still heard.
Like health care, the 33rd attempt to repeal Obamacare with no replacement on deck is still a vote that we can have, even if it’s stupid and wasteful. Let’s be honest, all these wasted sessions that would have been better spent on actual problems and priorities are wrapped up in partisan whining and crying.
It is rather childish.
But when we call for a special election just days after Thad McCotter resigns, then we should have one. I don’t like it. I know a lot of us don’t like it. And I think it’s a waste of money and another example of bureaucracy. But if that’s the law, then so be it.
Here’s the hypocrisy. When Kerry Bentivolio qualified on the GOP primary side, he was the only one on his team to qualify legally. Thad was self-destructing, and the MIGOP had to justify the ability to undo their own laws. Lots of legal interpretation was provided in justification, and I ate it like broccoli and lima beans.
Sometimes, you have to accept the facts.
So when this special election is announced, then it’s politically expedient to ignore the same legal justifications by assuming that “only one person would be running”?
The blank spot on a write-in vote always indicates competition, at least that’s what we were told last month. That’s why Kerry Bentivolio, the only one who qualified under election law, has to run in a primary against a shapeless candidate named “blank.”
So why can’t “blank” run this time around in the $650,000 wasteful and stupid special primary? Why can’t we just have a special election, period, on September 5th? We were told we had to have a primary first, when obviously, you don’t have to follow any rules (as evidenced by their sudden change-of-Constitution-heart).
It’s a crock and a shame to see. By the law, if we have a special election, we have to have a write-in blank. Now they want to scrap the special election, with the interpretation that only one person would be running for the office?
And better yet, announcing a special election with only 10 days notice to qualify for the ballot?
I don’t care if you vote for a waffle during the special election. As long as you have the opportunity and the due process, it’s fine to have Rep. Waffle for 14 days. But it has to be done that way. You can’t change the rules because it’s not popular.
If you cancel the special because only one person qualifies under a trivial patchwork of legalese, you’re ignoring the entire process for your own benefit.
You can’t have cake and pie and then not expect to get fat. And you can’t justify having a primary because of a blank spot then cancelling a special primary because there are blank spots.
Wake up, Michigan. Someone doesn’t want Kerry to run as the nominee. If he loses, he loses. But don’t change up rules, move dates, and try to cancel entire elections. Right now, 650,000 people have no vote, thanks to Thad McCotter. It would be a shame to see the state applaud it.