With all the talk the last few days of how critical it was that Barack Obama “won” a ruling in Nevada that permits caucuses in the casino areas (now there’s something our forefathers probably did not envision) so that workers, like the culinary workers union that threw its support behind Obama, can participate in the caucus process despite the fact the votes are held on a Saturday (today) which has to be a very busy workday on the strip, comes a point too often lost.
The point is this: voting rules and laws should always favor the best interests of all voters. For example, anything that can be done to make it easier – and yet still able to protect the integrity of the votes cast – for voters to cast their ballots can and should be done. Such rules should NOT be designed to favor one candidate or another. In fact, screw the candidates: it’s the voter’s interest that comes above all else.
The most egregious example we’ve ever seen – and I pray it will never be repeated – of the system being rigged for a specific candidate rather than the totality of the American voters came in the presidential election of 2000. And no, I’m not talking specifically about the Bush-Cheney subversion of the votes through outright thievery.
When Bush’s people, led by constant Bushie savior James Baker III, raced to the U.S. Supreme Court to be sure that the recount of votes in Florida was stopped (lest it was proven that indeed Gore won), Baker took a law designed to protect the voter and turned it magically into an argument that one single voter and candidate, namely our current Moron in Chief, would be irrevocably harmed if the Florida recount was permitted to continue to its logical conclusion.
Somehow (magically, through a packed court roster – though hardly as weighted to the extreme Bushian mindset as it is today), the Supreme Court not only let them get away with a total perversion of the laws, they rewarded Baker and Bush and Grand Evil Emperor Cheney with the presidency in a decision that boils down to “we can’t let Florida finish its recount because if it does, it’s likely Bush will lose, and that will hurt poor Georgie’s feelings and nobody ever says NO to Georgie and Dick(less).”
Thus, regardless of whether the court decision to allow Nevada voters to cast their caucus votes (and the caucus system is really a strange way to go, but that’s a whine – without the cheese and crackers – for another day) in a more convenient arena like casinos favors Hillary, Barack, John or Dennis, or hell, even the (choke) McCain-Lieberman ticket, the important issue is not which candidate benefits or is hurt, but that voters get to vote. This is exactly as it should be.