A Livingston Press and Argus editorial in editions for Sunday (March 16, 2008) is getting all indignant about the taxpayers' money spent for Michigan's January 15 primary and how it all went "for naught."
Not so fast. Let's not forget that Republicans wanted that primary moved up, too. They wanted Michigan to violate their national party's rules. They were willing to be penalized for it, and they were. The difference is that the GOP nominee already is decided so the penalty -- half of the delegates -- is not relevant.
So when the Press and Argus goes to great lengths to claim that Michigan could have spent taxpayers' money on Livingston County needs instead of paying for the January primary, it overlooks one little fact:
Somebody still would have had to pay for the GOP primary.
I don't see one line of criticism in the Press and Argus editorial about taxpayers having to pay for the Republican primary. Not one.