Never Forget May 31 2008

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  Remember what the RBC did to Democracy on 5/31/08 

Contributed by: Ricki Lieberman

Just a year ago, many of us were in Washington to bear witness and express strong opposition to the disgraceful action of the Democratic National Committee in formally disenfranchising the voters of Michigan and Florida, and throwing the nomination to Obama.  No matter the maneuverings of Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazile and others on the Rules and Bylaws Committee (DNC/RBC), the momentum was clearly with candidate Clinton as evidenced by her string of victories in the major primaries during March, April and May.  But the outcome was rigged long before the RBC meeting on May 31 in DC, even though Hillary was the electable candidate.                                                                                                                                      

A year ago:

1) HRC led in the popular vote with nearly 18 million primary votes,

2) HRC won in the states – sometimes with double digits – that Democrats needed to win the Electoral College in the General Election,
3) The trend since late February suggested voters buyer’s remorse in spite of the national leadership clearly preferring Obama, and
4) HRC led decisively in the polls in the blue and swing states against McCain while Obama tied or trailed.

We tend to forget, but the polls, up to about 6 weeks before the November election, were a statistical dead heat between Obama and McCain.  Only when the implications of Sarah Palin’s selection as VP became clear, and with the disastrous collapse of the economy, was Obama’s election secured.

Here are a few of the notes and comments from those days of COUNT EVERY VOTE, leading up to Suspending Not Ending, Together4Us, WomenCount, the Electability Watch, and The 300. 

May 31, 2008 – COUNT THE VOTE Rally, and
A Disappointing Day for Democracy

 

1. May 31, 2008 - COUNT THE VOTE Rally, and A Disappointing Day for Democracy

The decisions of the DNC/RCB, as odious as they may be, and as embarrassing as the process was, nonetheless advantage Senator Clinton’s campaign by ‘legitimizing’ the popular vote, giving her a clear lead…

To the many of you who wrote in support of the COUNT EVERY VOTE RALLY, we in DC felt your presence and enthusiasm.  The rally was truly an historic gathering, focusing sharply on the fundamental democratic value of one person one vote, and the hubris of a body which was willing to toy with this principle.  Representatives of 33 states came to bear witness to the deliberations of the RCB, a previously little known committee, a majority of whose members were prepared to deny the franchise to two states key to victory in the November election.  Wacky?  Seems that way.

Alice Huffman, in making her motion to fully count the Florida delegates as voted, twice referenced the many emails and communications she received to COUNT EVERY VOTE and how much they spoke to her about the depth of her responsibility to do so.  Even though her motion was defeated by a vote of 15 to 12, she made an important statement about the influence you all have had in trying to get a fair shake for the millions of voters in Florida and Michigan the DNC was willing to punish harshly for the inconsistent application of its own rules.

This was particularly apparent in the proposal to distribute the Michigan delegate results 69 – 55 rather than 73 – 55.  Not only does this deny four earned delegates to Clinton, but as Harold Ickes said, presumed to substitute the judgment of the RCB for votes cast by 600,000 Michigan voters.  Chutzpah and arrogance, indeed!

So, we have to keep the pressure on.  The super delegates must understand the consequences of going against electability.  We cannot afford to lose a third consecutive Presidential election which we should win.  Until they actually cast a vote in Denver at the Democratic National Convention, they can experience a change of mind if they prematurely selected BO, and all the Super Delegates must be encouraged to support Senator Clinton as the electable nominee.

GO GO GO!!!  

 2. JUNE 1 NOTE FROM A HRC DELEGATE who wrote:  

“Ickes had a conf call last night for delegates.  In addition to Hillary delegates, uncommitted super-d’s (300+) were also invited on the call, most of which he used to make the case for their endorsement of Hillary.  Simply put — all the reasons why she is the best candidate to beat McCain.  (Not to put down Obama, he said — he has a brilliant political future, but Hillary is the best candidate this time.)  He asked that the SuperD’s reserve their endorsement at least until Tuesday, by which time H will have a strong lead in the popular vote.  It was a good call, with pledged delegates speaking up during the Q&A to add their thoughts on why Hillary is the right candidate to endorse.

Clearly now is the time to write to Super D’s who remain uncommitted, and to write to those who are committed to Hillary and encourage them to stay with us once the primaries are over.  The next few days are critical.”

3. June 3: When Hillary won South Dakota last night, she won all the states of Obama’s biggest power broker supporters:

California – Nancy Pelosi
Massachusetts – John Kerry & Ted Kennedy
Nevada – Harry Reid
South Dakota – Tom Daschle

4. Vote by Numbers 
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON  June 6, 2008 NY Times

It appears that Hillary Clinton is going to suspend her presidential campaign this weekend, at the urging of Democratic Party leaders and super-delegates.  Before that happens, Mrs. Clinton and the super-delegates might want to know this: if the general election were held today, Barack Obama would lose to John McCain, while Mr. McCain would lose to Mrs. Clinton.

This is confirmed by the primary results.  Hillary had been the strongest candidate from March 4th on.  Hillary won nine out of the last 15 primaries and won 458 out of the 867 pledged delegates.   Hillary’s most significant win came on June 3 in South Dakota, the last day of the primary season. The primary was only open to Democrats and Hillary won pulling an upset. Democrats voted for Hillary by a 10 point margin even though they knew that Obama was going to be the nominee. They were sending a message to the Democratic Party that they did not want  Obama as the party nominee.

Also Hillary was stronger in the polls v. McCain than Obama.

At this point the Super Delegates, as the so-called wise men of the party, should have supported Clinton who was clearly their strongest candidate.  However, the Super Delegates abdicated their responsibility and supported Obama.  As a result the Democrats have not nominated their strongest candidate.

 5. Moretta Bosley, Kentucky  “Thank you for your message.  I am a super delegate pledged to support Hillary Clinton.  I am doing everything in my power to get her elected.  I will stay with her until she releases her delegates.  I am receiving 40 to 50 e-mails daily in support of Hillary.  I try to answer them all if only briefly.  If every delegate reads and pays attention to the letters that I am receiving, it should bring them over to Hillary’s side.  Thank you for your work on behalf of Hillary Clinton.” 

 6. “It’s really, really hard having a woman who was so strong a candidate not get it. This was our best shot,” said Marjorie Horne. “I’ll support Sen. Obama but with a heavy heart.”   

7. GLORIA STEINEM: “The media was in love with Obama, and in hate with Hillary, hands down.” 

 8. GAIL COLLINS:  
Her campaign was messy, and it made some fatal tactical errors. But nobody who sent her a donation could accuse her of not giving them their money’s worth.   For all her vaunting ambition, she was never a candidate who ran for president just because it’s the presidency.  She thought about winning in terms of the things she could accomplish, and she never forgot the women’s issues she had championed all her life — repair of the social safety net, children’s rights, support for working mothers.

 AND FINALLY,

SIMPLY THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST!

Minority Blackmail

Guest Post by: Laureen A. Cummings

Liz Trotta calls it “Minority Blackmail”…….I AGREE!

So are Americans so stupid today that they will continue to be quilted, as well as threatened, to put unelectable people into office… based solely on a personal story and minority status ….. rather than qualifications?

 “Minority Blackmail” is what Liz Trotta just called it on Fox news. And I couldn’t agree with her more. Obama used the same tactic to win the Presidency….and it worked. Will woman and Hispanics fall for the same tactic that blacks and the under thirty crowd fell for? I can’t speak for Hispanics, but as a woman, I don’t feel that we are stupid enough to be used as a political ploy by the left wing radicals. And as BOTH Hillary and Sarah have proven, these radical liberals will choose a man over a woman regardless of ideology or skin color any day.

Apparently in a radical liberals mind, race trumps gender. But hey, if you add a race in with the fact that its a woman… well that is a pure win! And a threat from the White House and the radicals in Congress such as Schumer stating that to condemn someone with this minority status would be done “at their peril”?

Liz is right ..this is absolutely ‘Minority Blackmail”. But of more concern to me is…since Obama, Schumer, Pelosi, Reid , Frank, etc have figured out how to blackmail Americans….how long will it take for the terrorists to figure it out? How long will it take them use it against us “from within” as they have always promised to do?

Or ….have they already.

Racism pure and simple

Contributed by: Barbara

So the Attorney General Eric Holder believes that black panthers in uniform holding knight sticks saying to voters” now you will be ruled by a black man, Cracker” in Philly Pa. Is Not important and Not voter intimidation. So all Charges were dropped against the black panthers who did just that.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/05/29/charges-black-panthers-dropped-obama/

My letter to Eric Holder.

I need something cleared up. What exactly do you consider voter intimidation?

I was asked to leave a polling place in Philly Pa. on primary day because my Hillary sign was intimidating to voters.

If I had removed my 8 by 10 cardboard sign and just had the stick would that be OK?

If I had worn combat boots instead of heels? A military uniform instead of my Channel suit?

Maybe I should not have been across the street standing silently and I should have yelled and threatened people voting right at the polling door?

Please let me know as I will be campaigning again…not sure where….just where ever a candidate is running against a democrat.

Please let me know what is now considered voter intimidation because if I can bring an M16 to the polls without fear of being prosecuted by you I will.

Barbara

 I await your reply,

Thanks

PS The M16 will be used for protection it was really scary out there on the campaign trail this election. I lost track of how many times I was spit on, slapped, cursed at, life threatened….. Oh and the names I was called.Well anyway I am glad to know your looking after my civil rights. Thanks again.

Opinions on the ‘Patients’ Free Choice Act’?

The Republicans have put together an alternative health care plan entitled ‘Patients’ Free Choice Act.’ I have to give my own maya culpa that I’m more libertarian on health care than most Clinton supporters. One concern adressed in BJ’s previous health care article is that the Obama administration is already revving up the PR machine yet has not released any details of the plan. So as awkward of a comparison as this may be, I’m very curious to hear PUMA views on the two plans. Representaive Ryan’s website has long and short summaries of the Patient’s Free Choice plan.

G. Gordon Liddy unleashes sexist, racist rant

Cross posted from Puma PAC

Dear Puma PAC,

Today on his radio program the notorious Watergate criminal G. Gordon Liddy made several racist remarks about Spanish-speaking people and attacked Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a racist. He then went on to say about Sotomayor:

“Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then.”

Read more here:

http://pumapac.org/2009/05/29/the-daily-pig-10/

Our Dear Leader – really knows his health care

Here we go again- from Camp Obama to door to door armies. Is this what we voted for? Do we really want this man’s face on every billboard, in every magazine and his vioce on every channel  both on TV and radio.

Do we need his presence all over the internet  while his army of  young and old are walking door to door over the next eight years indoctinating us to whatever OUR DEAR LEADER  wants us to know? 

Ugggggggggggggg! When does the music get piped into our homes via satelite or will it be implanted via diode to be sure there is never a time that he is out of earshot?

I am for Health Care but the Devil is in the Details and I am against this devil and his way of brainwashing us with his details. I believe he gives us what we think we want— Like the SC three in one now go away.

I am for Health Care but the Devil is in the Details and I am against this devil and his way of brainwashing us with his details. I believe he gives us what we think we want— Like the SC three- in- one now go away.

 WAKE UP!

We need to talk folks—all that glitters is not GOLD

 

The Democratic Party
  Friend –Remember this date: Saturday, June 6th, 2009. We will look back on that day as the moment when the fight for real health care reform began in your neighborhood — perhaps even in your own living room.On June 6th, in thousands of homes across the country, we’ll gather to launch our grassroots campaign for health care. We’ll watch a special message from the President. We’ll build the teams and draw up the plans for winning health care reform the same way we won the election: Building support one block, one neighbor, one conversation at a time. And we’ll put those plans into action.

These kickoffs are so crucial that President Obama will join confirmed hosts and attendees on a live conference call.

Sign up today to host or attend a Health Care Organizing Kickoff.

Host a Health Care Organizing Kickoff

There’s no prior experience required. We’ll send you the details for dialing into the President’s call and provide you everything you need to make your meeting a success.

After the election, people gathered at over 9,000 meetings across every state to set priorities for health care reform. Our voices were heard. Now the race is on to make sure Congress produces a plan that reflects the President’s call for reduced costs, guaranteed choice, and quality care for all.

To make that happen, we need to build a groundswell of support in every district and every state, and we have no time to lose. All summer we’ll be reaching out to our neighbors, knocking on doors, serving in our communities, and building a grassroots network strong enough to win.

These gatherings on June 6th are just the beginning of a battle between those who fought and believe in change and those who would protect a broken status quo. The stakes for our country could not be greater.

Some call this strategy pie-in-the-sky. They say we’ll never have enough volunteers to make a real impact; that you need insiders and Washington lobbyists to make a difference. But you and I know firsthand how wrong they are. Starting June 6th, it’s once again time to show this country how bottom-up change is done.

Please sign up today to host or attend a kickoff near you.

http://my.barackobama.com/HCkickoff

These kickoffs will be both effective and fun. You’ll meet likeminded supporters in your neighborhood, share stories, enjoy good company and a shared mission, and know that no matter what this effort requires of us, if we work together we’ll be ready to face it and persevere.

I look forward to joining you and the President to chart our course.

David Plouffe
Organizing for America

P.S. — This week, President Obama asked us to send in our personal health care stories. Hundreds of thousands of people have already responded, and the stories are simply incredible. Here are just few that help remind us what we’re fighting for:

I am a single parent and have lost my teaching job effective in June. I’m scared to death because my son has a serious pre-existing condition (Neurofibromatosis) and can’t go without medical insurance. However, my employer has just informed me that continuing my family coverage under COBRA will cost $1,400.00 a month! That’s a house payment for me. Or three times my car payment! How can I keep my family covered without going under financially?

–Cathy
Apple Valley, Minnesota

Since I lost my job in 2006, I have had no health insurance. After paying for insurance through my employer for 30 years, I have no major medical. But now that I am approaching 60, I may need insurance more than ever. I have not had a mammogram for three years because it would be too stressful to find anything suspicious. Risky but true.

–Kathy
Macon, Georgia

My husband isn’t getting enough hours at his job to qualify for health insurance so we have been looking around for a provider. He has a pre-existing health condition (non-epileptic seizures) and he is being denied left and right. We don’t make a lot of money, about $23,000/year and we can’t afford to not have insurance, in case he needs to go to the doctor. And it looks like we can’t afford to have it either. We are stuck.

–Amanda
Pasadena, California

Remember Camp Obama?

OMG – they are starting up the training camps again!!!! Take a deep breath and go ahead and remember Camp Obama. Then remember the RBC on 5/31/08. This is a war- we need to be prepared folks – we need to be prepared – the community organizer is starting early. He has college kids and Move -On – we have Move-Over Move-On. Maybe it’s time to mount our ow training camps!

Dear MoveOner,

In the summer of 2007, the Obama Campaign organized a series of trainings called Camp Obama.

In those trainings, held in every region throughout the nation, people interested in the campaign came together with like minded progressives to learn how to not only campaign, but how sharing our stories has animated all the great social movements in our history. To put it mildly, those trainings were one of the main reasons the Campaign was successful. The people who attended left with the skills to organize for their community and the progressive movement in general.

Well, MoveOn is picking up where the Campaign left off, and from June 19th-June 21st right here in Philadelphia (there are only 3 locations for this being held across the country and PA needs to represent!), we will have a three day training called Camp MoveOn. The purpose of this training is to encourage members throughout the region to learn the basics of organizing generally, and MoveOn specifically, and to take our PowerUp campaign to the next level.

Please call in to (218) 844-3377 (Access code–2224) on Tuesday, June 2nd at 8PM!

We will be discussing Camp MoveOn in more detail and looking at travel & lodging arrangements & scholarship opportunities, as well as hearing from MoveOn members who have already confirmed that they will be attending.

Can we count on you to be on the call?

Please RSVP for the call by clicking the link below!

 

***To get a head start and RSVP for Camp MoveOn please click this link (spots are filling up fast!):

I look forward to talking with you, & we’ll see you in Philly!

Emily, Susannah, Matt, Brooke, Daniel, Gail, Scott & the rest of the team!

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