The Katherine Harris of this election cycle – Nancy Pelosi -is making threats.
Hillary Clinton has hinted that she is prepared to take her fight to fully seat Florida and Michigan all the way to the party’s convention in late August, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that’s not going to happen.
In an interview with her hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Democrat said she is prepared to “step in” if the presidential race does not resolve itself by the end of next month.
“I will step in,” Pelosi told the paper. “Because we cannot take this fight to the convention…It must be over before then.”
Pelosi, who will serve as chair of the convention, has largely stayed on the sidelines during her party’s prolonged primary race. But the House Speaker has said Democratic superdelegates should not overturn the pledged delegate winner, and has warned of irreparable harm if they do so. Barack Obama officially won the majority of pledged delegates in last Tuesday’s primary contests, though it’s been clear for several weeks Clinton could not overtake him in that category.
Pelosi also indicated she opposes the Clinton campaign’s desire that both Florida and Michigan’s delegations be fully seated at the convention. The party stripped both states of their entire delegations last year after they moved their presidential primaries ahead in the nominating calendar.
Pelosi said she agreed the two states should be seated in some way, but said only “in a way that is not destructive to any sense of order in the party.”
“If you have no order and no discipline in terms of party rules, people will be having their primary in the year before the presidential election,” she said. “So there has to be some penalty.”
The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday in Washington to consider exactly how to seat both states. It’s likely the committee will vote to meet the rule-breaking states halfway — a move that will help Clinton close the delegate gap with Obama but not overtake him.
Nancy Pelosi increasingly sounds like the drag-queen director of “The Producers” stomping his foot calling for “order, we must have order” while rehearsing the big musical number “Springtime For Hitler”. The drag-queen director, like Nancy Pelosi, completely unaware of the irony of what he is saying.
Little wonder that we have called for Pelosi to resign as a co-chair of the Democratic Convention because she has proven over and over again she is not a fair and neutral minister in this Democratic nomination race.
Instead of stomping her heels, Nancy should consult Ted Kennedy and ask him why he fought all the way to the convention against an incumbent Democratic president in 1980.
Nancy also needs to worry more about Republicans and what they will do to Obama.
At any moment, Republicans in the U.S. Senate could ask for an ethics investigation into the purchase of Obama’s house. Contrary to what Obama supporters say, the questions about the Rezko/Obama house have never been investigated. Obama helped Rezko entities acquire funding from taxpayers in the tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars. Rezko “assisted” Obama in the purchase of the big mansion Michelle had her eyes on. Republicans will not, unlike Democrats, avert their eyes to these ethical questions.
Republican hypocrites, who prevented the votes of Florida from being counted in 2000, are now calling out Dean/Obama/Brazille/Pelosi on the hypocrisy of the Democratic? Party and the Obama protection racket.
The Democrats begrudge the 2000 Bush-Gore Florida recount. They blithely complain when Republicans seek valid measures preventing voter fraud. Why then, are the Democrats suddenly blind, deaf, and dumb when Senator Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee openly avow to disenfranchise voters 1,749,920 in Florida and 594,398 in Michigan? Not only are Obama and the DNC perpetrating a “hi-tech” lynching, but it is blatantly unconstitutional and may even be criminal.
The Democrats allege Florida and Michigan violated the DNC Rule 11.A prohibiting a caucus or primary before Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire. DNC Rule 20.C.1 specifies the punitive measures that both states lose 50% of their vote: Florida 210 delegates, Michigan 156 delegates. The DNC Rules Committee will be meeting this coming Saturday, May 31 to hear Obama’s utterly bizarre plan allowing only the superdelegates (ironically the votes he desperately needs to capture the nomination) to be seated, while delegates elected by popular suffrage are repudiated by being half-counted, oddly reminiscent of a colonial enumeration of freed “Black Men and Indians.”
By why is there even a debate? Constitutional law is unequivocal. Every vote cast must be counted. This constitutional principle, pronounced by the United States Supreme Court since Ex parte Yarborough (1884) and reiterated as recently as Gray v. Sanders (1963), is simply beyond reproach. This rock-bottom constitutional demand applies to primaries as well as general elections. United States v. Classic (1941). Deliberately refusing to count votes cast may, under certain fact scenarios, constitute a Federal crime, United States v. Classic, citing now Section 241 of the Federal Crimes Code. Reiterating black letter law stated in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections (1966), the high court reasserted in Bush v. Gore (2000) that “once granted the right to vote on equal terms, the State may not, by later arbitrary and disparate treatment, value one person’s vote over that of another.”
Dean/Obama/Brazille/Pelosi have turned against the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), now the Senate Judiciary’s ranking minority member, asserted to us in an exclusive interview, that although as a learned attorney he remains obliged to see “how it plays out,” that “it may well be worthwhile” to hold Congressional hearings on the Democrats’ refusal to seat Florida and Michigan at the Democratic National Convention. “It’s certainly something I want to consider,” said Specter, ruefully hinting things might be different if he was still the Judiciary Chairman. “The essence of democracy is the right to vote,” asserted Specter, the Democrat’s contemplation of not seating Florida and Michigan may constitute a fundamental violation of democratic principles. He believes that the Congress must act “very promptly.”
Specter emphasized while Republicans are striking bold initiatives such as GOP onDemand™ to promote full voter inclusiveness, the Democrats’ direction in the opposite direction is more than paradoxical, it is “hypocrisy.” “They are preaching one thing and practicing another” angrily complained the former prosecutor, who long fought the legendary Philadelphia Democratic machine’s ghost voting and other voter frauds. [snip]
Specter reminds Obama that it is fully within the Congress’ prerogative to investigate the Democrats’ machinations; the presumption that political parties as private entities are immune from oversight or court intervention has long been judicially discredited. Specter also suggested that Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist or Attorney General Bill McCollum and Michigan’s Attorney General Michael Cox or Secretary of State Terri Land Lynn contemplate what would be required to be prepared on June 2 to go into Federal court paren patriae to see emergency injunctive relief under “Section 1983,” the legal parlance for the Civil Rights “Anti-Ku Klux Klan” Act of 1871, if the DNC May 31 hearings fail to adhere to the fundamental one-man, one-vote constitutional rule.
The Dean/Obama/Brazille/Pelosi wing of the Democratic? Party have surrendered the high moral ground to Republican hypocrites. Republicans lecturing Democrats on voting rights is an outrage. But so low have Dean/Obama/Brazille/Pelosi bought the Democratic? Party that Democrats are now morally defenseless on what used to be core Democratic principles.
Can it possibly be that Republicans at their convention will fully enfranchise the voters of Florida and Michigan while the Democratic? Party will disenfranchise millions of voters?
And while the GOP concedes Florida’s early calendaring of the Presidential primary caused consternation, at least the “Republicans counted Florida, in stark contrast to the Democrats who didn’t count Florida,” according to RNC’s Alex Conant. Highly reliable sources inform me that Senator John McCain is absolute in insisting on fully seating both Florida and Michigan delegations without any penalties, and as one source put it “what the nominee wants, he likely gets.”
Michigan State Republican Chairman Saul Anuzi, one of the most conscientious and public-spirited leaders in either party, reiterated the bipartisan efforts throughout Michigan to seat fellow Wolverines at the Democratic convention, as it is beyond reproach that “every vote deserves to be counted.” Anuzi, remains as baffled as everyone as to the Obama’s “apologists” spin-doctoring Michigan’s ostracization, warning voter anger from Obama’s boycott of Michigan is not “going away” by a “perfunctory photo-op.”
Florida’ National Republican Committeeman Paul Senft pointed to the hypocrisy of Obama “using Florida as an ATM” while agreeing in writing, to refuse to “talk to voters.” Senft’s courtly manner couldn’t disguise his own frustration of the irony of liberals resurrecting the “ghosts of 2000″ in the recent HBO movie while openly disenfranchising the very same Floridian voters.
Democrats with any intellectual honesty know the Republicans have a point – a hypocritical point, but a point never-the-less.
Several prominent civil rights attorneys, obviously speaking off the record being mindful they’re outsiders, nonetheless told us that the without question, Democrats must fully seat the Florida and Michigan delegations. (Their response was as if we were asking a “no-brainer” akin to whether kids be eating their vegetables). The universal consensus that the possibility of embroiling the Democratic presidential nominee in criminal proceedings in the midst of a campaign unquestionably should not be a risk worth entertaining.
They also routinely disbelieve Obama’s contention Florida and Michigan must be punished for violating party rules, which although viscerally appealing, is utterly fallacious as a matter of law. If Obama was purportedly “upset” at Florida and Michigan primary dates, he was required by law to act before the primary vote, not afterwards. It is fundamental law that Equity hears not the Sloth coming into court.
Democratic response to Specter is deafening by their utterly stolid silence. DNC press secretary Stacy Paxton did not respond to our phone calls to her office and cell.
Liberal entities such as the Center for American Progress failed to respond. MoveOn (which we, the Trustees of the Republican Leadership Trust are the newly established GOP counterpart) avoids direct press contact by hiding behind a digital wall that requires the Fourth Estate to be vetted through an Orwellian email screening process.
Obama’s response is his website promoting a “National Voter Protection Center” urging us that “in this year’s election we have a historic opportunity to bring more people than ever back to the political process and an essential part of that is ensuring every vote counts.”
Obama reputes that he was a prominent civil rights attorney, litigating hundreds of voting rights cases. In his September 28, 2007 Howard University speech, Obama implores: “The [students] who left their homes to march in the streets of Birmingham and Montgomery; the mothers who walked instead of taking the bus after a long day of doing somebody else’s laundry — they didn’t brave fire hoses and Billy clubs so that their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren would still wonder at the beginning of the 21st century whether their vote would be counted . . .” Come again?
Even the ACLU, the “stalwart” Constitutional guardian, prolifically “promising” to get back, failed to produce a single person to justify Obama. And this is despite pleading, as I was once, an ACLU board member for several years, albeit a lone conservative Republican in a sea of liberal, Democratic activists.
If this is so black and white, so basic Constitutional jurisprudence, why isn’t the press demanding someone’s head on a platter? Why are the liberal activists, who defend Mumia Adu-Jamal without blinking an eye, suddenly blind as two million Americans lose their right to vote? Is the Pelosi-Reid Political Correct Doublespeak so powerful as to usurp the very essence of our democracy? No matter where one hails on the political spectrum, as my fellow co-Trustee, Fred Hess, who also serves as an advisor to the son of the legendary Frank Rizzo, observed “there is never an excuse, under any circumstances, to defy the right to vote.”
Go to www.GOPonDemand.com right now to learn how you can help stop the Obama/ Democrat/ MoveOn doublespeak and require the Democrats obey the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection under law. In America, absolutely no one deserves his ballot ripped up by the liberal Democrats. The students and mothers who marched in the streets of Birmingham deserve better, Mr. Obama, and it isn’t you.
Can any Democrat say, after 2000, that we could ever imagine a day when the Democratic? Party could be so humiliated, so defenseless, so morally bankrupt, in comparison to the Republican rhetoric? Deeds, not words, should be the Democratic compass. Hillary is fighting for voting rights, Obama is fighting against voting rights.
The now invisible on Big Media broadcasts, Craig Crawford calls out Obama on his hypocrisy and lies too.
Among the myths surrounding the Democratic fight over seating delegates from Florida and Michigan, one that stands out is a persistent inference that Barack Obama was somehow involuntarily kept off the Michigan primary ballot.
Obama chose to have his name erased from the Michigan ballot — a decision that now presents one of the thorniest issues for the Democratic National Committee’s rules panel meeting on Saturday to hear arguments in this dispute.
How can delegates be awarded to someone who was not even on the ballot? In sports, that would be like giving points to a team that forfeits the game.
The Obama camp signaled on Wednesday that the Democratic frontrunner is willing to concede some Florida and Michigan delegates to Hillary Rodham Clinton, but questions such as what to do about Obama’s Michigan forfeit still hang.
It was the Illinois senator’s written and personally signed request to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office on Oct. 8, 2007, that prompted his exclusion. Obama’s choice to stay off the ballot was a conscious political maneuver designed to please Iowa Democrats angered by Michigan’s early primary date.
Clinton, to her detriment in Iowa, chose to stay on Michigan’s ballot. As strange as some of Clinton’s demands might seem to be in this matter, it would be truly bizarre to give any Michigan delegates to a candidate who voluntarily took his name off the ballot.
More invisible man Crawford:
Myths abound in the latest Florida vote-count fight. For starters, this is not the fault of state Democratic leaders. The Republican-controlled state legislature, directed by its GOP governor Charlie Crist, created this situation.
Sure, Florida Democrats did not vigorously oppose the Republican plan to move up Florida’s primary on the calendar, defying the rules in both parties. Instead, they negotiated a deal to ensure a paper trail in all future balloting.
And for their efforts in leveraging a position of weakness to gain something helpful for future elections, Florida Democrats get hammered by a Democratic National Committee intent on diminishing the state’s influence in naming a presidential nominee.
Why did national Democrats fear Florida so much? It is, after all, the nation’s largest swing state.
Um, Craig, we all know the answer to your Florida fear question. Obama could not win Florida and Michigan so an excuse was created to disenfranchise their votes. The votes of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – states which violated the same “rule” as Florida and Michigan – were counted because Obama expected to win there.
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Hillary is fighting for the voting rights of Florida and Michigan voters. Hillary is also campaigning in Puerto Rico. Ricky Martin endorsed Hillary yesterday. The few polls from Puerto Rico look good. Here is a first hand report on Hillary and Bill in Puerto Rico:
I want to share with all of you my glorious day yesterday with Hillary, Bill and Chelsea, here in Puerto Rico. That is how I will always think of it. My friend, a staunch Hillary supporter, who is a biochemist with a Ph.D. (mentioned for those who would assume we are all racist high-school drop-outs) and I went to the Memorial Day Ceremony in Old San Juan, in which Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would be speaking. We parked the car a good distance away to avoid the traffic and hiked into Old San Juan — a cliff dropping down from our right to the ocean. My friend was wearing her Hillary t-shirt and carrying a sign that said “Puertorriqueños con Hillary”, and I was waving a Hillary flag that said “Hillary para Presidenta”.
The Ceremony was held in front of a memorial monument with the names of all the Puerto Rican soldiers who have been killed in all the wars since World War 1 that America has fought in. My friend and I waited on a little hill under a date palm for the VIPs to arrive. The sunlight was in that golden stage and a slight breeze was blowing. Though not overly-conspicuous, the Secret Service were all around. I could imagine their eyes darting left and right behind their dark shades.
When the photographers started running, we knew we would soon see the Clinton family appear. A cheer went up when we spotted them. Hillary was in her yellow jacket and was dazzlingly beautiful. Handsome Bill looked rather red — I hope he got red from having had a chance to lie by a pool in the sunshine! Chelsea looked radiant. They crossed an area between two fountains to the outdoor stage, and my friend and I had a perfect view of them on stage where they went to sit.
There was a hush when Senator Clinton finally began to speak, after the rituals of the anthems, the military flag presentations, and the preliminary speeches. It was not a political event, but a somber and dignified Memorial Day ceremony. Her words were moving and inspiring. One couldn’t help but picture her as President of the United States.
Afterwards, my friend and I went to the campaign headquarters, where the Clintons would be. There was a crush of people, and at first the Secret Service wouldn’t let anyone else go in, but we finally managed to get inside. First, Chelsea came out to greet people. She is such a lovely young woman. Then Bill came out. It was hard to get close, but my friend pulled me by the hand and wormed us through the crowd.
I was holding a college yearbook that i was hoping I could get Bill to sign. My friend, who is more daring than me, said we should hold up the open book and yell, “Georgetown! Georgetown!”, which we did. You see, Bill Clinton and I were undergraduate students at Georgetown at the same time. We were both on the East Campus — he in Foreign Service and I in Linguistics. The page with his picture as class president finally caught his eye, and he autographed it for me, right above his name on the page where you see his signature as “William J. Clinton”. This time he signed “Bill Clinton”. Times have changed!
My friend and I will have cherished memories of “our day with the Clintons”. It will be something to tell my future grandchildren about when I show them the college yearbook with the signature of the 42nd President of the United States.