Howard Dean has failed to represent Democrats. Howard Dean has failed to protect the rights of all Democrats to vote. Howard Dean has failed to ensure that the will of Democratic voters is respected.
Howard Dean was elected Chairman of the Democratic National Committee on a promise of reform but instead he has become a creature of bureaucracy.
Howard Dean was elected Democratic National Committee Chairman on a promise of a 50 state strategy. What Democrats have instead is a 48 state strategy. Democratic voters of Florida and Michigan have been evicted from the Democratic “Big Tent”.
Howard Dean, failed to do what he promised to do. It’s time for Howard Dean to go.
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The prime duty of the Chairman of the Democratic Party is to fight for the interests of Democratic voters. All Democratic voters.
The job of Chairman is not merely to manage the organizational structure of the Party. Managing the organization is important but when that bureaucratic function conflicts with the interests of Democratic voters, the interests of Democratic voters is paramount.
Lost in the back and forth arguments about Florida and Michigan are the rights of Democratic voters. It’s the voters, stupid.
Chairman Dean forgot his primary job is not to arbitrate disputes between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Chairman Dean forgot his primary job is not to try to smooth the waters or protect the bureaucracy. The primary job of the Democratic Chairman is to ensure that the will of Democratic voters is respected. It’s that simple.
After the voter disenfranchisement (Yes, the stolen election) in Florida, in 2000, which burdened the nation with George W. Bush, the Democratic Party should have learned to fight to make sure THAT EVERY VOTE COUNTS AND EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED.
Howard Dean has not learned that lesson from 2000. It’s time for Howard Dean to go.
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The consequences of Chairman Dean’s failures hurt all Democrats, but particularly Florida and Michigan Democrats. Even now Chairman Dean surrenders veto power on voting rights in Florida and Michigan to the Democratic presidential candidates. No thought of the rights of Democratic voters in Florida and Michigan spurs Chairman Dean to action.
Chairman Dean’s surrender of a veto pen to Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) has resulted in failure to respect the Democratic voters in Florida and Michigan. Barack Obama’s successful veto of voting rights, to praise from Republicans like David Brooks, echoes his successful electoral strangulation of election opponents, such as Alice Palmer, in Illinois.
The results of Chairman Dean’s capitulations are devastating. A recent poll in Florida demonstrates the foolishness of Chairman Dean’s leadership:
Howard Dean and Barack Obama may insist Florida’s Democratic presidential primary was meaningless, but a new poll shows Florida Democrats aren’t buying it, and one in four may not back their party’s nominee in November if Florida winds up with no voice in the nomination.
Not only do Florida Democrats say that the Democratic presidential contenders’ boycott of their primary had little effect, but an overwhelming plurality want the officially meaningless results to count, a new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll finds.
A record 1.75-million Florida Democrats voted in the Jan. 29 primary, which Hillary Rodham Clinton won by 17 percentage points, but as punishment for holding the primary earlier than allowed by the national party, no delegates were at stake. Now, as a nomination stalemate looms, the candidates and state and national party leaders are struggling to figure out how and if America’s biggest swing state can have a voice in the Democratic nomination.
“If there’s one thing that this survey says is you have to acknowledge the Jan. 29 primary on some level,” said pollster Tom Eldon. “You really can’t say the Florida primary was a non-event to voters. It was a non-event to Howard Dean according to the rules of the DNC.” [snip]
Florida Democrats point the finger of blame for the primary debacle in several directions: 28 percent blame Republican leaders in the Legislature, 25 percent blame Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, and 20 percent blame the Florida Democratic party.
More than three out of four Florida Democrats say it’s “very important” that Florida’s delegates count toward the nomination, and one in four said they would be less likely to support the ultimate Democratic nominee if Florida’s delegates don’t count. [snip]
The poll suggests most Florida Democrats viewed the Jan. 29 primary as a legitimate election.
Howard Dean should have cared about the voters of Florida and Michigan if he truly believed in the 50 state strategy.
Howard Dean Must Go
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Hillary Clinton and her supporters are not going away. As of last night, the fight moves to Pennsylvania – and then to the Democratic Party convention in Denver this August.
Echoing remarks we made at the end of a recent post (Pennsylvania is the Avenue to the White House. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Let’s get there.) last night Hillary said: “the road to Pennsylvania Avenue leads through the state of Pennsylvania”
Then Hillary said “credentials committee”.
Get ready for the mountains of Denver:
The Democratic race is a “long way from being over,” Hillary Clinton told FOX News on Wednesday, and she has no qualms about taking the primary fight all the way to the convention floor. [snip]
But neither candidate is expected to lock down the nomination on pledged delegates before the August convention. And although Democratic leaders are scrambling to avoid a prolonged fight that could give GOP nominee-in-waiting John McCain a decided advantage, Clinton said Wednesday there are too many ifs for the matter to be settled yet.
“Well this is a really close election. Despite what some might say, it is a very close election in the popular vote and in the delegates,” she said. “We have 10 contests ahead of us, plus, don’t forget, Florida and Michigan. You know, I keep beating this drum … millions of people are going to be voting in the next three months, and I hope that will include Florida and Michigan.”
Clinton’s campaign has argued for seating the Michigan and Florida delegations, which were stripped after those states held early primaries in violation of party rules. Recent efforts to hold re-votes in those states have fallen through. [snip]
Clinton said, barring a resolution on Florida and Michigan, the fight goes to convention.
“You know, you can always go to the convention. That’s what credential fights are for,” he said. “Let’s have the Democratic party go on record against seating the Michigan and Florida delegations three months before the general election? I don’t think that will happen. I think they will be seated. So that’s where we’re headed if we don’t get this worked out.”
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Hillary is a fighter. We are fighters. We’ll have more in Part II.
Here are some action items to prepare for which we will also discuss in Part II (coming this afternoon):
North Carolina Hillary Clinton events for today:
All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Hillary Clinton Delivers Economic Policy Address
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Doors Open: 9:00 a.m. EDT
Event Begins: 10:30 a.m. EDT
Hillary Clinton Attends a “Solutions for America” Event
Terry Sanford High School Gymnasium
2301 Fort Bragg Road
Doors Open: 12:00 p.m. EDT
Event Begins: 1:30 p.m. EDT
Hillary Clinton Attends a “Solutions for America” Event
Forsyth Technical Community College Gymnasium
1300 Bolton Street
Doors Open: 4:00 p.m. EDT
Event Begins: 5:30 p.m. EDT
From Birdgal – Hillary Clinton California events:
Senator Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton are coming Back to the Bay Area & Central Valley!
Sunday, March 30th, 2008
Lunch Reception with President Bill Clinton in Modesto:
At 12:30 p.m. join President Clinton for a lunch reception in Modesto at the home of Rupinder & Amarjit Dhaliwal, M.D. The cost of the event is $1,000 per person. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sabra Foley at 415-402-0303 or go to www.hillaryclinton.com/modesto
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
Reception with Senator Clinton in Menlo Park:
At 6:00 p.m. please join John Doerr in welcoming Senator Clinton for a reception in Menlo Park at the Quadrus Conference Center. The cost of the event is $500 per person. To attend the 5:00 p.m. VIP reception the cost will be $2,300 per person and will include a picture with the Senator. For more information or to RSVP, contact Marina Costabile at 415-402-0303 or go to www.hillaryclinton.com/menlopark
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 (*please note time change)
Breakfast with Senator Clinton in San Francisco:
At 8:00 a.m. join Senator Clinton for breakfast at The Merchants Exchange Building in the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The cost of the event is $250 per person. To attend the 7:30 a.m. VIP reception the cost will be $2,300 per person and will include a picture with the Senator. For more in formation or to RSVP, contact Sabra Foley at 415-402-0303 or go to www.hillaryclinton.com/sanfrancisco
Call DNC regarding Donna Brazile and to count the votes in Florida and Michigan
Main Phone Number: 202-863-8000 (For questions about contributions, please call 877-336-7200)
Filbertsf has news on a Nancy Pelosi demonstration for this Friday:
Northern California: To update those not in the Bay Area, we are organizing a demonstration at our California State Democratic Convention in San Jose—on Friday March 28th when Nancy Pelosi will be speaking. The theme is Voter Disenfranchisement/Voter Issues. We are not wearing Hillary shirts, caps, buttons, etc. It’s NOT about the candidates. It’s about our votes…our voices…As stated in the petition, it’s not just MI & FL; I think we all agree that there is an underlying theme in our political parties that disenfranchising voters is acceptable. 1) DNC disenfranchised MI & FL voters 2) Caucuses – are these inclusive? We’ve seen how these work and how they disenfranchise voters and 3) Open primaries! So it’s okay for Republicans to vote in a Democratic primary, but vote Republican in the general election—throwing an election? Astonishing!
Please sign the petition, and if you can, bring your hand made posters and join us at the SJ Convention Center at 4:30pm.
SEAT OUR DELEGATES website.
We’ll discuss the letter to Nancy Pelosi from donors in Part II as well.
Dot 48 has contact information for Nancy Pelosi:
District Office – 450 Golden Gate Ave. – 14th Floor – San Francisco, CA 94102 – (415) 556-4862
Washington, D.C. Office – 235 Cannon HOB – Washington, DC 20515 – (202) 225-4965
The great Jamie Rubin:
“… .. I don’t think the nominee of the party will be considered legitimate if we don’t figure out how to count those votes from Michigan and Florida. … ” – Senator Hillary Clinton