My PDA kept buzzing with new e-mail while I was trying to get some lunch in New York Sunday, and it was Samuel Tenenbaum letting me know that a certain other editorial page editor had bought into his idea on what to do about Florida. An excerpt:
If the key concern is really about being fair to Florida and Michigan Democrats, there is a simple solution proposed by my friend Samuel Tenanbaum, a major Democratic fundraiser in South Carolina, that the Barack Obama campaign has indicated it could support.
Let’s call it the Solomon Solution: Seat the Florida and Michigan delegations at the convention and divide their votes equally between Clinton and Obama. That would be a fair deal for Clinton, who won 50 percent of the vote in Florida and 55 percent in Michigan, where Obama’s name was not even on the ballot. An even split would not change the delegate math in either candidate’s favor, but it would accomplish what everyone says they want – the seating of these two "rogue" delegations at the convention.
It may not be an ideal solution, but it’s better than any of the other ideas on the table. And best of all, it wouldn’t cost a dime.
Philip Gailey misspelled Samuel’s name, but Samuel doesn’t care about that — the idea’s the thing. Personally, I’m not sold on it, but it has a certain elegance to it, I’ll admit.
I’m not sure how we’d deal with this in the UnParty, if we were ever to have such a problem.