My One True Friend: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (1949-2008)

From Guilda and GeekLove

“Tribute to Stephanie Tubbs Jones who was the first black Congresswoman representing Ohio and the first black woman to serve on the House Ways and Means committee. She was one of Hillary Clinton’s true friends and a real Democrat.”

May her energetic, committed, and passionate service on behalf of this country be rewarded by inspiring us all to continue her legacy.

Dean: “So, what do you want?” Now He Asks

With 600,000 hits on their website in one week, Cynthia Ruccia and Marilu Sochor, co-founders of Women For Fair Politics, are an early demonstration of the collective power of so-called Hillary Democrats. 80% of their visitors say they agree with the group’s stance. Women are not taking their virtual ouster from core constituency of the Democratic Party, nor their candidate’s sexist treatment by it, lying down. (sic)

We love Hillary Clinton. We are so proud of the job that she has done. We feel very upset with our Party. We feel that they have absolutely betrayed us. The amount of sexism that came out during the course of this campaign is completely unacceptable. We feel that we want to make a statement and are going to support John McCain.

Yes, Howard Dean has contacted them! Twice over the last week. He wants to know what do they want, how do they feel? (Howard wants to know how we feel? I guess he hasn’t been reading his emails — you know, the one’s we’ve been sending him for the last six months.) He asks: how could they get on board the Obama train?

Ruccia and Sochor told Howard that it wasn’t an option, that their Party didn’t stand up for or defend Sen. Clinton throughout her entire campaign, therefore they could not support Sen. Obama, no matter what Sen. Clinton said her supporters should do. The sexism, they said, that was seen in the “big and little things” we’ve all heard about (and reported and protested in real time, to no avail), amounted to an unsurmountable and clear “no.” They cited as “completely unacceptable” Bill Richardson’s bashing of Hillary after she (reportedly) lost the Democratic Presidential nomination.

The co-founders describe how their group, which started with five members, are of all different opinions about the up coming general election. Some will vote for McCain, some won’t vote, some will write-in Hillary’s name.

Howard. Too late. Completely unacceptable. This is for you . . . Sweetie.

INFO RE: Count Every Vote Rally, May 31, 2008

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Rally Info from Count Every Vote

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When: May 31st – We will meet at 7 am and rally until around 4 pm.


Where: Outside the Marriott-Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd, NW in Washington D.C.

Download the info below, plus subway map dnc-rbc-rally (Word doc)

Download PDF rally-site-maps

DNC RBC Rally Schedule
Saturday May 31, 2008
7:00 a.m. Arrive at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
6:30 a.m. Set up of the stage and sound system begins (should be done by 7:30 a.m.)
9:15 a.m. People move to the park space
9:45 a.m. The speakers start and speak until the RBC meeting is over at which point we will move back in front of the hotel

There will be a few breaks in here. Rally may not last as long as meeting—meeting could go later. Some speakers will speak again at noon when the RBC breaks for lunch

Important Information
Please READ and CIRCULATE to your travelers

Where and When to Meet:

• 7:00 a.m. May 31, 2008

• In front of the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20008 USA

The Closest Subway Stop: Woodley Park- Zoo/ Adams Morgan (this is on the red line)

What to Wear:

• RED, WHITE and BLUE
• Please do NOT wear Hillary gear.
• Bring rain gear: umbrellas and jackets.
• Bring bottled water – its going to be a long day!
• Dress Cool—it’s going to be hot! Wear hats.

Where will the speeches be held?

In the park space indicated on the maps (download above).

Talking Points
• We believe that the DNC must honor our core democratic principles and enfranchise the people of MI and FL and their respective delegations.
• We believe that Hillary Clinton is best for our party, most likely to win in November and best for our country.
• We believe the contest for the democratic nomination must not end before all of the votes from each State and US Territory have been cast and counted and that nominating conventions, not candidates (or the media), declare the nominee.
• We believe that the media and DNC have underestimated the passion, strength, intensity and determination of women voters and the power of the women’s vote.

Rules:
• We are not going to be disruptive; we are not going to break any rules or laws.
• If approached by the press, we are optimistic and are rallying in support of the founding principle of the right to vote. We are not protesting or demonstrating. We have a deep and abiding love of our country and are looking to create unity. Please always maintain an optimistic and energetic tone.
• No one is allowed to go on hotel property unless you have a room in the hotel or credentials to the meeting. If you step onto the hotel property and neither of these criteria apply to you, you will be asked to leave.
• Watch out of rough behavior and please ignore it if possible. If you see someone acting rough or violent, please ask a nearby police officer to remove that individual.
• Any Count Every Vote rally-goer who is perceived to be acting or speaking violently will be asked to leave.
• We are peaceful, law-abiding folk who love our country and its democratic values.

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Recommended Slogans for Sign Making

“Bring DEMOCRACY back to the DEMOCRAtic Party!!”

“Count Every Vote”

“Count Florida NOW”

“Count Michigan NOW”

“Women Count”

“50-48=NO YOU CAN’T”

“Every Vote Must Count”

“Um, we’re copying the GOP?”

“Penalize Date Movers, NOT VOTERS”

“I’m mad at my teacher. He taught me there were 50 states.”

Hillary’s Letter to Superdelegates

Dear ___________,

The stakes in this election are so high: with two wars abroad, our economy in crisis here at home, and so many families struggling across America, the need for new leadership has never been greater.

At this point, we do not yet have a nominee – and when the last votes are cast on June 3, neither Senator Obama nor I will have secured the nomination. It will be up to automatic delegates like you to help choose our party’s nominee, and I would like to tell you why I believe I am the stronger candidate against Senator McCain and would be the best President and Commander in Chief.

Voters in every state have made it clear that they want to be heard and counted as part of this historic race. And as we reach the end of the primary season, more than 17 million people have supported me in my effort to become the Democratic nominee – more people than have ever voted for a potential nominee in the history of our party. In the past two weeks alone, record numbers of voters participated in the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries. And with 40 and 35 point margins of victory, it is clear that even when voters are repeatedly told this race is over, they’re not giving up on me – and I am not giving up on them either.

After seven years of feeling invisible to the Bush administration, Americans are seeking a President who is strong, experienced, and ready to take on our toughest challenges, from serving as Commander in Chief and ending the war in Iraq to turning our economy around. They want a President who shares their core beliefs about our country and its future and “gets” what they go through every day to care for their families, pay the bills and try to put something away for the future.

We simply cannot afford another four – or eight – years in the wilderness. That is why, everywhere I go, people come up to me, grip my hand or arm, and urge me to keep on running. That is why I continue in this race: because I believe I am best prepared to lead this country as President – and best prepared to put together a broad coalition of voters to break the lock Republicans have had on the electoral map and beat Senator McCain in November.

Recent polls and election results show a clear trend: I am ahead in states that have been critical to victory in the past two elections. From Ohio, to Pennsylvania, to West Virginia and beyond, the results of recent primaries in battleground states show that I have strong support from the regions and demographics Democrats need to take back the White House. I am also currently ahead of Senator McCain in Gallup national tracking polls, while Senator Obama is behind him. And nearly all independent analyses show that I am in a stronger position to win the Electoral College, primarily because I lead Senator McCain in Florida and Ohio. I’ve enclosed a detailed analysis of recent electoral and polling information, and I hope you will take some time to review it carefully.

In addition, when the primaries are finished, I expect to lead in the popular vote and in delegates earned through primaries. Ultimately, the point of our primary process is to pick our strongest nominee – the one who would be the best President and Commander in Chief, who has the greatest support from members of our party, and who is most likely to win in November. So I hope you will consider not just the strength of the coalition backing me, but also that more people will have cast their votes for me.

I am in this race for them — for all the men and women I meet who wake up every day and work hard to make a difference for their families. People who deserve a shot at the American dream – the chance to save for college, a home and retirement; to afford quality health care for their families; to fill the gas tank and buy the groceries with a little left over each month.

I am in this race for all the women in their nineties who’ve told me they were born before women could vote, and they want to live to see a woman in the White House. For all the women who are energized for the first time, and voting for the first time. For the little girls – and little boys – whose parents lift them onto their shoulders at our rallies, and whisper in their ears, “See, you can be anything you want to be.” As the first woman ever to be in this position, I believe I have a responsibility to them.

Finally, I am in this race because I believe staying in this race will help unite the Democratic Party. I believe that if Senator Obama and I both make our case – and all Democrats have the chance to make their voices heard – everyone will be more likely to rally around the nominee.

In the end, I am committed to unifying this party. What Senator Obama and I share is so much greater than our differences; and no matter who wins this nomination, I will do everything I can to bring us together and move us forward.

But at this point, neither of us has crossed the finish line. I hope that in the time remaining, you will think hard about which candidate has the best chance to lead our party to victory in November. I hope you will consider the results of the recent primaries and what they tell us about the mindset of voters in the key battleground states. I hope you will think about the broad and winning coalition of voters I have built. And most important, I hope you will think about who is ready to stand on that stage with Senator McCain, fight for the deepest principles of our party, and lead our country forward into this new century.

Read the memo (11 pg pdf) and general election matchup (2 pg pdf) information.

Pelosi Prepares to Stop the Race Before Convention

In the May 29, 2008, SF Chronicle feature article, Pelosi Vows to Prevent Fight at Dem Convention, Carla Marinucci reports on Pelosi’s hour-long session with their editorial board:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will step in if necessary to make sure the presidential nomination fight between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama does not reach the Democratic National Convention – though she believes it could be resolved as early as next week.

Pelosi predicted Wednesday that a presidential nominee will emerge in the week after the final Democratic primaries on June 3, but she said “I will step in” if there is no resolution by late June regarding the seating of delegates from Florida and Michigan, the two states that defied party rules by holding early primaries.

“Because we cannot take this fight to the convention,” she said. “It must be over before then.”

—-Obama, according to the Associated Press, is within 45 delegates of winning the nomination, a number he could reach by Tuesday. Pelosi said she is confident the Democratic National Committee’s rules committee, which meets in Washington on Saturday, will resolve the issue of Florida and Michigan.

Oh, and how about the magic number?

“For now, 2,026 is the magic number” of pledged and unpledged delegates needed by a candidate to win the party’s presidential nomination, she said, but “if they decide to seat (Florida and Michigan) this weekend, there will be a new magic number.”

While saying she believes those two states’ delegates should be seated, Pelosi added that it must happen ”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.”

She said the party committee will come up with a formula that is “fair and accepted by both campaigns,” perhaps allowing the states 50 percent of their delegates. But “if the resolution is not appropriate, then it remains for the (Democratic National Convention) credentials committee to resolve it,” she said. Then, “it will have to happen by the end of June” or she will intervene, she said.

So, I had to write to her:

Speaker Pelosi,

As a lifelong Democrat, I’ve supported you throughout your career. You’re going to step in to resolve the campaign before the Convention? So, you’re going to choose our nominee like the DNC has? Millions of lifelong, committed Democrats will leave the Party if you do, and we will not vote for Obama. We are protesting the disgusting treatment that the only viable candidate has received at the hands of The Media, the DNC, the DSCC, the DCCC, and the Obama campaign–treatment that has nothing to do with her policies and plans.

I’m ashamed that you as a leader and as a woman have stood by and let this happen, and that you haven’t spoken up to defend the rogue treatment of our first woman candidate and former First Lady. I’m ashamed that the Dem Party has thrown the Clintons, who have done so much for our country, under the bus. I’m ashamed that the Dem Party is going gaga over a completely unvetted, unqualified, candidate, with questionable policies and associations.

Why are Super Delegates being pushed to choose now? That’s not their job. Their job is to choose the most qualified candidate at the Convention who can win in November. All recent polls, and the popular and electoral votes (based on the primaries), show that the candidate who can beat McCain is Senator Clinton. It’s not the two candidate run that is destroying the Party, it’s the Party that’s destroying itself. It’s absolutely sexual discrimination to pass over the most qualified candidate with the most votes. Millions of lifelong Democrats won’t stand for it.

Sincerely,
LadyBoomerNYC
New York City
California Native

Here’s how Hillary Rapid Responders replied:

Someone should inform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Clinton supporters don’t quit on their candidate. Also, that she should wait on coronating Obama because WE ARE TAKING this election to the convention. And we sincerely thank Speaker Pelosi for being so concerned with all American voters being truly heard at the Democratic Convention.

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Email Carla Marinucci: cmarinucci@sfchronicle.com
Email Nancy Pelosi: AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov