Thou Shalt Not Steal

Well as you might have guessed, I was at the protest in DC today as the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) met to decide what to do with the votes my family all cast back in Michigan, and those in Florida. We turned up to make our voices heard in the hopes that the RBC would do the right thing and NOT punish the people for what their state party leaders – and those of the respective state republican party leaders did in moving up their primary dates. It’s always been my view that they were talking about punishing the wrong people but that doesn’t count for much as I’m not one of the 30 people on the RBC. … Continue reading

Obama Quits Trinity Church

Timing is everything… Isn’t it. How curious that just a short time before the DNC Rules Committee made their final decision, the Obama campaign announced that the Obama’s were leaving the Trinity Church. Now, it could be just a coincidence that Obama decided to make this announcement tonight, but sensing an outcoming from the Rules Committee would dominate the news, one way or another, the Obama camp sure managed to play this one to the hilt. Senator Barack Obama is ending his membership at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, a congregation he has belonged to for about two decades and one that had become a lightning rod in his Democratic presidential bid. Mr. Obama informed his campaign advisers … Continue reading

DNC Rules Committee Outcome: The Deal Is Done

I’m still shaking my head in wonderment over the deal forged at the DNC’s Rules Committee Meeting today. In a nutshell, as Marc Ambinder notes, “Clinton nets 24 delegates out of the day.” Read Ambinder’s take on the closing moments of the meeting. Needless to say there are some unhappy campers all the way around. Clinton campaign manager weighs in here with a statement on the decision. The Clinton campaign is reserving “the right to challenge this decision before the Credentials Committee and appeal for a fair allocation of Michigan’s delegates that actually reflect the votes as they were cast.” So…. Will the decision bring “Unity” to the party? Good luck with that, as Big Tent Democrat notes:

Clinton Nets Over 600,000 Votes Today

No matter what you think of the delegate rulings today, one thing is clear. By seating the delegates in any fashion, the RBC legitimized the popular vote tallies from FL and MI. This means Hillary can legitimately claim a net of over 600,000 votes today. No news source should report total popular vote numbers that don’t include the tallies from FL and MI. Were FL and MI voters unfairly punished in the way their delegate allocation impacts the nomination? Yes. But their vote totals were legitimized. Hillary has now legitimately received more votes than any other candidate this cycle, and in fact, ever. Superdelegates now have to decide whether popular vote, winning the big and important states, and being the … Continue reading

Barbara Boxer Pushes for Climate Bill in Democratic Radio Address

I know our readers are all focused on the DNC Rules Committee Meeting today, but I wanted to highlight another important issue in the news today… California Senator Barbara Boxer gave the Democratic Radio Address today and she spoke about the urgent need for the U.S. to act on global warming before it’s too late. The Senate is scheduled to begin debating the bi-partisan legislation on Monday. You can listen to Boxer’s Radio Address here. The text of the radio address, as delivered, is below:

More on the DNC Meeting 10:58am PDT

I’ve been watching this meeting and I have reached at least one conclusion. Somehow, and I can’t understand how, Barack Obama has managed once again to stack the room with his supporters. Since there were only 500 seats available and they were allocated in seconds after being offered, I don’t understand how Obama accomplished the task. Obama has managed this ‘room stacking’ throughout his campaign. It’s pretty obvious that the room has more Obama supporters than Hillary Clinton. I don’t think it will influence the committee. Yet once again Obama’s organizing skills, while publicly asking his supporters not to attend the meeting, has given him a verbal advantage in the room. If this were a caucus there wouldn’t even be … Continue reading

Watching The DNC Delegate Meeting

I never thought that I would see the day that the Democratic Party would even think of reducing the power of the vote of Democrats in two states. I thought one man, one vote was a basic Democratic principle. If you are not watching CNN or MSNBC’s live coverage it’s fact filled. You can watch the presenters and the following questions. It is disheartening at the same time. How did we come to this point where voters have to worry about their voters being counted? Did we learn nothing from the bastardization of the 2000 election? Haven’t the 8 years of Bush disasters taught us nothing about the value of a single vote? Didn’t the Nixon disaster, when won by … Continue reading