Charles Skelley: Michigan Democrats should vote for Project White House candidates on Jan 15

Let’s have some fun in Michigan. In 1972, Republican voters in Michigan decided to make a little mischief, crossing over to vote in the open Democratic primary and voting for segregationist Democrat George Wallace, seriously embarrassing the state’s Democrats. In fact, a third of the voters (PDF) in the Democratic primary were Republican crossover votes.

In 1988, Republican voters again crossed over, helping Jesse Jackson win the Democratic primary, helping rack up big margins for Jackson in Republican precincts. (Michigan Republicans can clearly be counted on to practice the worst of racial politics.) In 1998, Republicans helped Jack Kevorkian’s lawyer — quack Geoffrey Feiger — win his Democratic primary, thus guaranteeing their hold on the governor’s mansion that year.With a history of meddling in our primaries, why don’t we try and return the favor.

On Tuesday, January 15th, Michigan will hold its primary. Michigan Democrats should vote for Project White House candidates. How so?

For Michigan Democrats, the Democratic primary is meaningless since the DNC stripped the state of all its delegates (at least temporarily) for violating party rules. Hillary Clinton is alone on the ballot.

Adapted from http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/1/10/2713/87225/55/434206

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