Update: Video added.
Puerto Rico votes today. Polls close at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Hillary will again win. Puerto Ricans will stand with Hillary.
Harold Ickes also stands with Hillary Clinton.
Harold Ickes is someone you want beside you in a fight.
There, he signed up for the 1964 summer protest tour against racial segregation in the Deep South, where he lost a kidney in a mob beating.
Harold Ickes, fighting for civil rights lost a kidney – he has that type of total committment.
Yesterday, Harold Ickes was speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton – once again for basic civil rights.
“This is not a good way to start down the path of party unity,” Ickes said, who admonished the committee for their “gall and chutzpah” in the ruling. Ickes also warned that this may not be over yet. “Sen. Clinton has asked me to reserve her right to take this to the credentials committee,” Ickes said, to cheers from Clinton supporters in the hotel ballroom.
Yesterday, the Democratic? Party voted to give Obama delegates in a race he was not even running in.
Yesterday, the Democratic? Party voted to give Obama delegates Michigan voters entrusted to Hillary.
There is one correct answer to the outrages the Democratic? Party perpetrated yesterday: Denver!
Hillary supporters know votes were stolen by the Democratic? Party yesterday:
“Hijacking four delegates is not a good way to start down the path of party unity,” said adviser Harold Ickes. [snip]
“Mrs. Clinton has told me to reserve her right to take this to the Credentials Committee” at the convention, said Ickes, who is a member of the Rules Committee that voted Saturday. [snip]
“How can you call yourselves Democrats if you don’t count the vote?” one of the many hecklers in the audience yelled loudly and repeatedly before being escorted out by security. “This is not the Democratic Party!” [snip]
“We just blew the election!” a woman in the audience shouted. The crowd was divided between cheering Obama supporters and booing Clinton supporters.
“This isn’t unity! Count all the votes!” another audience member yelled.
Jim Roosevelt, co-chair of the committee, tried repeatedly to gavel it to order. “You are dishonoring your candidate when you disrupt the speakers,” he chided. [snip]
Proponents of full seating continuously interrupted the committee members as they explained their support of the compromise, then supporters of the deal shouted back.
“Shut up!” one woman shouted at another.
“You shut up!” the second woman shouted back. [snip]
Alice Huffman, a Clinton supporter on the committee, explained that the compromise giving delegates half votes was the next best thing to full seating.
“We will leave here more united than we came,” she said.
Some audience members heckled her in response. “Lipstick on a pig!” one shouted.
It’s lipstick on a dead pig.
Hillary supporters are and will remain righteously angry.
The Democratic Party risks the defection of many supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton unless it settles the Florida and Michigan primary fracas to their satisfaction, said protesters at pro-Clinton rallies in Washington yesterday.
“I refuse to be associated with a party that is stupid, self-destructive and undemocratic, and now, I’m beginning to realize, is misogynistic,” said Norma Broude, an American University professor who was among more than 1,000 Clinton supporters at a “count the vote” rally at Rock Creek Park.
Friend and fellow American University professor Mary Garrard agreed, saying that she will not vote for Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Sen. Barack Obama, if he receives the party’s presidential nomination.
“The Democratic Party has disdained the female demographic, they have demeaned Hillary Clinton, and this time we’re not going to roll over,” Ms. Garrard said.
As the pro-Clinton contingent, which was largely female but racially and generationally mixed, rallied in the park, Democratic leaders were gathered a few blocks away at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel to decide the fate of the combined 313 disqualified delegates from Florida and Michigan, and, in turn, the fate of Mrs. Clinton’s long-shot chance of overcoming Mr. Obama’s delegate lead. [snip]
As the committee announced its decisions, Clinton supporters in the room angrily shouted “Count all the votes!” and “This isn’t fair!”
“This is not the Democratic Party. The Republicans are the ones that disenfranchise the voters,” shouted one man while thrusting his fist in the air.
“You stripped me of my vote. How dare you,” shouted a woman from the balcony.
After the meeting adjourned, Clinton backer Michele Thomas accused Democratic leaders of “fixing” the primary results in favor of Mr. Obama, and said she will leave the party.
“The Democratic Party turned its back on us, and now we’re going to turn our backs on them,” said Ms. Thomas, who traveled from her home in Los Angeles to attend the hearing.
Polls of Democratic primary voters also suggest that many Clinton supporters would not support Mr. Obama in November against the Republican nominee-in-waiting Sen. John McCain.
Surveys of Clinton voters in recent primary states have shown that 26 percent to 36 percent, depending on the state, say they would back Mr. McCain over Mr. Obama in the general election, while just 10 percent to 18 percent of Obama supporters say they would prefer the Republican to the other Democrat in November. [snip]
Constanta Nour-Hinkle of Reading, Pa., who was one of a few hundred Clinton supporters who protested outside the Marriott, said she is a lifelong Democrat, but would not vote for Mr. Obama for president.
“It would be the first time in my life I would vote Republican for president,” said Mrs. Nour-Hinkle, 35. “I think Obama is an empty shirt, the same as [President] George W. Bush, but only a Democrat.”
John Overton, who shouted pro-Clinton slogans outside the hotel, said he would leave the party if Mr. Obama receives the Democratic nomination for president.
“I can’t stand for the Democratic Party if they don’t stand for voters’ rights,” said Mr. Overton, who traveled from his home in Chapel Hill, N.C., to attend the rally. The party “would no longer exist to me as a party.”
“I don’t scream like this normally. I’m a rational guy, but I’ve never felt like this before,” he added. “This has been a travesty of democracy.”
Democracy must be imposed on the Democratic Party in Denver.
The Democratic Party is no longer a democratic party.