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As a Hillary Clinton victory in Pennsylvania approaches the forces of election theft are frenzied. Howard Dean is stomping his feet hoping to scare up a Superdelegate stampede. Donna Brazile is yelping away too.
We have our own Howard Dean Deadline: seat the Florida and Michigan delegations, without backroom deals, by the end of May or risk a Party rupture worse than 1968.
Seat the Florida and Michigan delegations – Count the votes the way they were voted – or else:
Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Alcee Hastings, both of Florida, are accusing the DNC of slow-walking several appeals to the party’s rules and bylaws committee. Those appeals, if successful, could reinstate Florida’s superdelegates or even part of its regular convention delegation.
In a letter sent to the chairs of the rules and bylaws committee today, Hastings and Nelson say that the DNC staff is keeping secret its recommendation about the validity of those appeals. They imply that the DNC is trying to drag the process into June, so no action is taken until after the regular primary period ends.
“We….understand that recommendations from the DNC staff regarding the appeals were provided to you on Monday. Our offices were told that the recommendations are being kept confidential, and we further understand that you, as chairs of the RBC, may choose to adopt the confidential recommendations without a hearing.” More, from the letter:
“It is completely inconsistent with the commitment to an open party to keep . . . actions on this appeal under a cloak of secrecy. This is an issue central to the status of Florida’s participation in the Democratic National Convention in August.”
Seat the Florida and Michigan Delegations – NO BACKROOM DEALS. Thanks to Hastings and Nelson:
The letter suggests that Hastings and Nelson want the press to focus on two themes:
(a) the idea that the DNC is trying to “solve” the Florida problem with the kind of back-room deal that DNC chairman Howard Dean promised to avoid.
(b) that the RBC risks its legitimacy if it fails to litigate the matter quickly and publicly. [snip]
Timing matters. If the rules and bylaws committee overturns its penalties based on the appeals, then Hillary Clinton would almost certainly narrow the pledged delegate gap with Barack Obama, and since Florida’s superdelegates would count, she’d further reduce his margin. If the count changes before the voting stops — before Howard Dean has said that superdelegates ought to make up their minds, Clinton would no doubt benefit. If the count changes in, say, mid-June — after most of the superdelegates are supposed to have come out of the closest — then Obama benefits most assuredly.
Dean/Obama/Brazile/Pelosi are trying to steal this election the way Bush stole the election in 2000. They risk a Democratic Party rupture more profound and long lasting than the 1968 convention.
Donna Brazile, still deceptive about being Pro Obama and anti Hillary, is helping the election thieves: The Wall Street Journal:
But no single leader or clique exists within the fractious party to end the fight, and those with influence insist voters must have their say.
Nevertheless, some party leaders are quietly planning to try to end the clash, said people familiar with the matter. After the primaries end in June, these influential Democrats — led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — plan to push the last uncommitted party leaders to endorse a candidate, in hopes of preventing a fight at the August presidential convention, party insiders say. [snip]
But the decisive movement wouldn’t likely come until after the final bouts June 3 in South Dakota and Montana, should the race remain unresolved. That’s when Mrs. Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic party Chairman Howard Dean and their allies will start rallying superdelegates to decide the contest in favor of the leading candidate, Democrats say. Through a spokesman, Sen. Reid declined to comment. [snip]
The party leaders’ aim: To thwart the Clinton campaign’s vow to fight all summer long to a final, nationally televised round at the Denver convention, so the party can get on with the battle against the likely Republican candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain. Convention fights in past decades — notably in 1968, 1972 and 1980 — left deep divisions that contributed to the nominees’ losses and hurt lesser candidates on the ballots.
Dean/Obama/Brazile/Peolosi are weaving an American flag with only 48 stars for Obama to wear on his lapel. We will fight for Florida and Michigan before, during and after the Denver convention, if necessary.
Obama “secret” supporter Donna Brazile:
“Do you think for one minute that Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid will allow this fight to go on and on and on?” says Donna Brazile, an uncommitted superdelegate as an official of the Democratic National Committee, and manager of the 2000 Gore campaign. “There’s a group around [Sen. Clinton] that really wants to take the fight to the convention. They don’t care about the party. It scares me, and that’s what scares a lot of superdelegates.”
Clinton supporters vehemently defend their right to fight to the convention if necessary, and deny it would hurt the party.
Ms. Brazile says that starting the morning of June 4, “we’ll all talk to each other. I know I’ll reach out to some key people, including my ex-boss” — former Vice President Al Gore, another superdelegate who remains uncommitted.
Our “civil war” threat is not an empty one Howard Dean/Obama/Brazile/Pelosi:
Both parties face a leadership vacuum at the top, particularly the one that doesn’t hold the White House. Moreover, any attempted short-circuiting of the nomination process could be damaging. With Democratic voters so closely divided between Sens. Clinton and Obama, a declaration for one could enrage roughly half the party and leave it mortally split in November. [snip]
Party bosses and smoke-filled rooms are the stuff of history books and political cartoonists, reaching back to the early 20th century. At the national level, they have been gone at least since the chaotic and self-defeating 1968 Democratic convention, which gave rise to current party rules handing preeminence to voters in primaries and caucuses.
But come June 4, Mrs. Pelosi’s Capitol suite could become the closest thing Democrats have to the proverbial smoke-filled room as she presses her members to endorse. The 233 House Democrats comprise nearly 30% of the superdelegates, and several scores remain uncommitted. Mrs. Pelosi will remain neutral, aides say, since as Speaker she will preside over the Aug. 25-28 convention. But Clinton advisers say they’re convinced she favors Sen. Obama.
The clock is ticking on our deadline to Dean/Brazile/Pelosi.
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We are not going away. Hillary is not going away. Michigan and Florida are not going away.
After tonight’s victory in Pennsylvania the campaign moves on to North Carolina and Indiana.
New Hillary advertisment for Indiana: