Raise Your Hand If You Think Florida Is Over

The strong arm of the Obama campaign is (still) passive-aggressively reaching into Florida politics and biting the hands that could now feed him. Sen. Bill Nelson, who sued the DNC for Florida delegates to be fully seated, and last week proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Electoral College, is fighting Obama’s decision to change out some current delegates for his own.

Beth Reinhard writes in today’s MiamiHerald.com about the Dems’ continuing delegate debacle in Florida:

So much for party unity: As Florida Dems prepare for Saturday’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner aimed at bringing the party “together once and for all,” a spat over the Obama campaign’s decision to replace some already-designated Florida delegates with Obama backers has intensified.

And how. DNC member Jon Ausman late Thursday e-mailed Dems (and reporters) choice sections of what he says were e-mails from Obama’s Florida finance chair Kirk Wagar — in which Wagar curses Ausman out and criticizes Sen. Bill Nelson and party director Leonard Joseph.

Sound familiar? Ummm, Nelson stood for fully counting Florida’s votes. He’s a bad guy, right?

The highlights: “You (Jon Ausman) f&^%ed us. We are dealing with it. You need to accept the fact that you f*&^ed us.”

And of Nelson: “I am getting very sick of (Senator) Nelson making a bad situation worse.”

Said Ausman to Wagar: “We are at a point in time when we need to heal and come together. Help me understand how these messages, which you have sent to me in writing, help Senator Obama’s campaign.”

Wagar, dude, you’re fighting a phantom. Nelson’s not there. He’s at constitutional amendment level.

From The Hill, Nelson bill would abolish Electoral College

Posted: 06/06/08 05:18 PM [ET]

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College on Friday, less than a week after the Democrats settled on how to handle delegates from Florida at their national convention.

“It’s time for Congress to really give Americans the power of one-person, one-vote, instead of the political machinery selecting candidates and electing our president,” Nelson said in a release announcing the amendment.

Nelson said his principal argument for making the change is that the Electoral College permits a candidate with fewer votes nationally to win the presidency by capturing narrow victories in big states. In 2000, then-Vice President Al Gore won the popular votes but George W. Bush won the Electoral College.

Nelson cited that election along with this year’s contentious Democratic primary in Florida as reasons for his legislation. He sued the DNC last fall for initially refusing to recognize Florida’s full delegation at the Democratic National Convention.

Democrats on Friday* decided to give each of Florida’s delegates a half-vote as a penalty for moving their primary ahead on the calendar without party approval. The move created a mess for the party after Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), whom Nelson supported, won the primary. The result was disputed because candidates had avoided campaigning in the state.

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The second part of the initiative would establish rotating, interregional primaries between March and June during a presidential election year as an alternative to the current primary and caucus system. The third portion would permit early presidential voting nationwide, require voting machines to produce a verifiable paper record, and encourage voting by mail, among other things.

Interesting Friday=an slip in the article, because the DNC RBC Meeting was held the following day, Saturday, May 31, 2008. It’s made all the more haunting in light of the June 11 disclosure by plukasiak, cross-posted at The Confluence:

A document filed as an exhibit in the Nelson vs Dean Lawsuit that was filed in October 2007 in an attempt to force the DNC to seat the Florida delegation provides indisputable proof that the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee singled out Florida and Michigan for sanctions, and ignored violations of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

The article, which contains excerpts from a document filed as an exhibit, concludes by connecting the dots between the RBC’s selective rules enforcement strategy and the damage to Clinton’s momentum:

It is clear that the RBC violated its own rules for political reasons – to stop Hillary Clinton. Without the opportunity to beat Clinton in one of the early states in a meaningful primary or caucus, Clinton’s advantages going into Super- Tuesday would have been impossible to beat. The corrupt officials of the RBC were part of a “stop Hillary” movement, and chose to ignore their own rules in order to make it possible for someone other than Hillary Clinton to get the nomination, and the complete and utter corruption of James Roosevelt, Alexis Herman, Alice Germond and the rest of Obama’s supporters on the RBC is no longer in doubt.

Keep going, Senator Nelson! Drop him a line, give him a call. Tell him, Thanks!


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.”

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.

Make comments and send emails today.

Make Comments here.

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

Count Every Vote Rally in DC, May 31, 2008, Sign Up!

http://www.hillaryresponders.com/

A Count Every Vote! Rally for FL and MI is being held in DC on Saturday, May 31, 2008. The rally will coincide with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting, which is planned to determine the fate of votes cast in those two states. The following text is from their website, and the colorful button up top links directly to a sign up page. Sign up! Pass it on!

See you there!

LadyBoomerNYC

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Dear Fellow Hillary Supporters,

If you believe that the DNC must honor our core democratic principles and enfranchise the people of MI and FL and their respective delegations,

If you believe that Hillary Clinton is best for our party, most likely to win in November and best for our country,

If you 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,

If you believe that the media and DNC have underestimated the passion, strength, intensity and determination of Hillary supporters and the power of the women’s vote,

Then Join a group of Hillary supporters who are planning to visit Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 31st to attend the meeting of the DNC Rules Committee. The Rules Committee will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel -2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC


….the DNC Rules Committee is meeting that day to make a determination with respect to MI and FL and we think it is essential to convene in Washington to support our cherished democratic principles, help enfranchise MI and FL and to show that Hillary has equally high numbers of passionate, devoted supporters who believe fervently that she will be the better general candidate and best president.

Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama. At the same time, Hillary’s strong support cannot be dismissed in DNC efforts to unify the party.