A few news items to note before the second part to The 48 State Strategy and Obama’s ugly snub of Florida and Michigan voters.
First, we are happy to see that the Hillary campaign is holding strong on the question of debates “hosted” by the gang at MSNBC and NBC.
Ohio blog BuckeyeStateBlog unfortunately embarrassed itself yesterday with an attack on Hillary for not bending to MSNBC concerning the next debate. Tim Russo writing in that Ohio blog slimed Hillary for “the David Shuster pimpfest [that] has been going on almost a week”. Tim Russo does not take seriously David Shuster’s slimy attack on Chelsea.
Tim Russo, “convicted of importuning in an Internet sex sting” does not understand why anyone is concerned about the “pimping” comment as an issue. After his conviction involving the underaged, Russo declared he was “done blogging for a while”. Apparently this has been a very temporary self-imposed suspension.
Don’t listen to the Russo’s – Deck ‘Em Hillary.
Second, we are very gratified to see Hillary fighting back on Rezko and Big Media protection of Obama’s Rezko entanglements. Responding to a question about Hillary’s finances from John Harris Hillary said:
But, John, we have. I mean, all of our sources of income are public information. The $5 million that I gave as a loan to my campaign comes out of my money. There isn’t any surprises here. And, in fact, you know, our financial situation has probably has been more investigated than anybody who’s ever been in public life in America. We still don’t have a lot of answers about Senator Obama and his dealings with Mr. Rezko. So I don’t mind answering questions, but I find it only fair that we have questions going to the other side as well, and I don’t see that happening. You know, we have been on the front line of full disclosure. I’ve been examined one side up and the other side down. I’m more than happy to have that. But I think it’s fair that we have the same standards apply to my opponent.
We won’t hold our breaths waiting for Big Media to hold their tool, Obama, to any standards – during the Democratic nomination race.
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The 48 State Stategy,Part II:
Barack Obama has repeatedly insulted the voters of Florida and Michigan. Florida and Michigan voters will not forget Obama repeating arguments which sound very much like those of Bush lawyers in 2000.
Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and Michigan – ALL were NOT in compliance with the Democratic National Committee’s primary/caucus calendar. Only Florida and Michigan were singled out for political punishment.
In Florida, it was the legislature which changed the primary date in Florida. Florida Democratic Party officials were following Florida law as to voting date. In Michigan, Obama took his own name off the ballot in a foolish attempt to harm Hillary politically.
Julian Bond, the Chairman of the NAACP today made it clear that the Democratic Party should Count The Votes.
Julian Bond knows about counting votes and fights over credentials at Democratic Party conventions. Bond fought the Daley organization in Chicago in the 1968 Democratic convention.
It was on Michigan Avenue in the City of Chicago that physical fights took place between protestors and police in 1968. It was inside the Convention Hall that Chicago’s Daley thugs confronted Julian Bond and the delegation of Georgia Loyal Democrats in a credentials fight. Julian Bond, though too young to even qualify was nominated for Vice President in 1968. Julian Bond thus became the very first African-American to garner votes from a major American political party for the top of the ticket.
Bond was a “community organizer” when that meant a potential beating. Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and led many protests against segregation in segregated America. Julian Bond also helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center and now serves on its Board of Directors.
In 1966 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Julian Bond and against the Georgia legislature when that legislature refused to allow Julian Bond his seat in the Georgia legislature because of Bond’s opposition to the Vietnam War.
Julian Bond fought the Georgia legislature and Chicago thugs to gain a seat at the legislature and at the convention. Bond knows the value of Democracy and the power of votes.
Barack Obama stands with those who want to NOT count the votes and thereby disenfranchise millions of Florida and Michigan voters. Obama stands against millions of voters demanding their votes be counted. Barack Obama is an ugly example to the world when it comes to democratic values.
A prominent civil rights leader has told the Democratic National Committee that refusing to seat delegates from Florida and Michigan would disenfranchise both states’ minority communities.
In a Feb. 8 letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, NAACP chairman Julian Bond expressed “great concern at the prospect that million of voters in Michigan and Florida could ultimately have their votes completely discounted.” Refusing to seat the states’ delegations could remind voters of the “sordid history of racially discriminatory primaries,” he said. [snip]
In an interview, Bond said the NAACP had taken no position in the race between Clinton and Obama and would not endorse either candidate. He sent the letter on behalf of the voters in Michigan and especially Florida, where the Republican-controlled legislature and governor changed the state’s primary date.
“It struck me as making the voters, including minority voters in Florida particularly, victims of the Republican legislature in Florida. I wanted to get Chairman Dean to find some way to rectify the situation,” Bond said.
Bond is right. Obama and his supporters are “making the voters, including minority voters in Florida particularly, victims of the Republican legislature in Florida” and in this case – the Democratic Party. Who needs Bush lawyers while we have “constitutional lawyer” Obama all fired up and ready to disenfranchise millions of voters?
The Julian Bond letter makes clear that the votes in Florida and Michigan must be counted. After 2000 all votes must be counted by the Democratic Party. Only Republicans could disagree with the basic democratic principle that all votes be counted.
Bond wants the Florida and Michigan votes counted. Bond writes, “I urge you in the strongest possible terms to come to some solution to this problem which will not leave the millions of voters that went to the polls to cast a free and unfettered vote during the primary without representation.”
More Bond: “I am writing to express our great concern at the prospect that millions of voters in Michigan and and Florida could ultimately have their votes completely discounted if they are not assigned delegate representation for the Democratic National Convention.”
The Florida Democratic Party and the Michigan Democratic Party will not spit in the face of millions of voters. There will not be another vote. There will not be another election in either state. The question at the Democratic Convention in
1968 2008 is simple: Count the millions of votes cast by Florida and Michigan voters or don’t count the votes.
Not counting the votes in 2000 inflicted a President Bush on the United States and the world.