Many Democrats rejoiced when Howard Dean became the Democratic Party Chairman because Dean promised to make the Democratic Party viable in all 50 states. Dean promised a “50 state strategy”.
Barack Obama is pushing a 48 state strategy by ejecting the crucial states of Florida and Michigan from the Democratic Party union. Barack did not win the primaries in Florida and Michigan so Obama does not want the voters in Florida and Michigan to count.
What kind of “constitutional lawyer” would argue that we not count the votes in Florida? Oh, that’s right – a Bush lawyer would argue that. Bush lawyers made that argument in 2000 – all the way to the Supreme Court. Democrats in 2000 said “Count The Votes”. Republicans rioted and said “select the uniter not the divider”.
Barack Obama is today’s George Bush. Obama promises unity but so far has only served division. Obama supporters now threaten death and destruction at the Democratic Party National Convention if their precious Obama does not get the nomination. Obama supporters are threatening a fight at the convention. Our response: Knives or Guns?
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Let’s all understand something here, something called “landscaping”. The Obama supporters are trying to carve the landscape on which the nomination will be fought out.
By threatening a fight at the convention Obama supporters want to scare Democrats into surrender. Most Democrats like to see disputes settled amicably. The minute Democrats hear there is going to be a fight the first instinct is to “open a dialogue”. That’s how Democrats lose. The minute you indicate that you want to avoid a fight – you have already lost the fight.
Obama supporters want their precious on the Democratic ticket no matter what. They don’t care about anything but their precious. They are incense burners at the temple.
Barely out of the closet Obama supporters like Donna Brazile want to start a stampede towards Obama. They have various strategies. Brazile prefers the “threaten Super-delegates” strategy. Donna says “If 795 of my colleagues decide this election, I will quit the Democratic Party. I feel very strongly about this.” Good bye and good riddance Donna.
Donna Brazile is one of the most prominent spokespersons representing Democrats on CNN and she is also the least informed and least articulate and least confrontational. But when it comes to threatening the Democratic Party Donna Brazile finds her articulate, headline making, tough side.
We will not be threatened. Obama will not be on the ticket by threatening a fight. Obama will not be on the ticket by scaring Super-delegates. Obama will not be on the ticket by not counting the votes in Florida and Michigan. Obama will not be on the ticket by whining. Obama will not be on the ticket by making Democrats feel they owe him a place on the ticket. Obama will not be on the ticket in the name of unity. Obama will not be on the ticket because Democrats are tired.
The only way Obama gets on the ticket is by earning his place on the ticket, not the way he got last his house. [And by the way, any attempt to get Obama on the ticket as a vice president will require a thorough and full, no excuses, examination of all his finances and contacts and entanglements- with documentation and questioning of
witnesses friends. In other words, a total vetting.]
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We’ll discuss further Obama’s 48 state strategy and his politics of division and fear. We’ll address the “threaten Super-delegates” strategy and the “fight at the convention strategy” and the “screw Florida and Michigan” strategy.
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Florida and Michigan Democrats demand to be fully represented at the Democratic National Convention. Florida and Michigan Democrats have voted and those votes will count. True Democrats say: Count The Votes!
Democratic Party officials in Florida and Michigan are grabbing their knives and guns for the battle to come. They know how to fight. Michigan has already started stockpiling its arsenal:
Hillary Rodham Clinton will get the lion’s share of Democratic national convention delegates after winning the state’s Jan. 15 presidential primary.
The Michigan Democratic Party said Friday that Clinton will get 73 pledged delegates after winning 55 percent of the statewide vote.
Another 55 delegates will be uncommitted since 40 percent of the Democratic voters chose uncommitted. Because Barack Obama and John Edwards had taken their names off the ballot, many of their supporters voted for uncommitted.
Michigan and Florida, as well as Democrats who care about civil rights, will fight. It’s the Battle Cry of Freedom:
Michigan has been stripped of its delegates for moving up its primary, but party leaders expect the delegates to be seated at the national convention.
Eighty-three of the pledged delegates will be elected at district conventions on March 29. The remaining 45 pledged delegates will be elected at a Democratic State Central Committee meeting on May 17 in Grand Rapids.
The state also has 21 pledged alternates and 18 committee members, who hope to attend the Aug. 25-28 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo.
The Democratic National Committee is asking Michigan and Florida — which was stripped of its delegates after moving its primary to Jan. 29 — to consider holding another primary contest such as a caucus that meets DNC rules so their delegates can be seated at the convention.
That looks unlikely. Florida Democratic Party officials said earlier this week they don’t intend to hold another election, and one of Michigan’s U.S. senators said Friday that he doesn’t expect his state to hold another contest, either.
“I don’t see a practical way to hold a caucus in Michigan,” Sen. Carl Levin of Detroit said in a statement. “Given that 600,000 Michigan voters participated in a primary that was held in accordance with Michigan law, it seems to me that it would not be practical or fair to throw out the results of that election.”
Obama rejects the civil rights of Florida voters. Obama agrees with Bush:
Clinton also won Florida, where she got 50 percent of the 1.75 million votes cast compared to 33 percent for Obama and 14 percent for Edwards, who has since dropped out. Obama said the results were meaningless.
Clinton recently said she would ask her delegates to support seating the Michigan and Florida delegations at the Denver convention. So far Obama has not heeded her call to do the same, and it’s unlikely he would if it means Clinton would get the larger share of delegates from both states.
In 2000 Democrats fought for the civil rights of the voters of Florida. Let’s see if in 2008 the Kennedy’s, Gore, incense burners, have lost their thirst for democracy. We haven’t.
Count the votes!