The Early Bird Catches....Hell

Today the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee upheld the Democratic Party's right to enforce its primary rules -- and spanked the Florida delegation for pushing up its state vote to early January

"We're pleased the court ruled in our favor, recognizing the constitutionally protected right of the Democratic National Committee to enforce its rules and treat all state Democratic parties in a fair and equal way," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney in response to the ruling. "The DNC is committed to protecting the right to vote for every American, and we look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that Florida turns blue in 2008."

Blue with the cold, maybe. So far, the DNC has refused to recognize the Florida delegation at the convention slated for next August in Denver -- and that means the 210 delegates were not assigned a hotel when the other 55 delegations received their assignments late last month.

But Kenny Be, our staff cartoonist, has a solution, as shown here. -- Patricia Calhoun

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