Tuesday, September 2, 2008

And the wickedness goes on...

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.
-Indian Proverb
How [X] has conducted himself while winning campaigns is a subject of no small controversy in political circles. It is frequently said of him, in hushed tones when political folks are doing the talking, that he leaves a trail of damage in his wake—a reference to the substantial number of people who have been hurt, politically and personally, through their encounters with him. [X]'s reputation for winning is eclipsed only by his reputation for ruthlessness, and examples abound of his apparent willingness to cross moral and ethical lines.
Almost precisely these words appeared in The Atlantic magazine. I say "almost" because where I have inserted "X" The Atlantic article refers to Karl Rove.

The day has come, however, where we can almost substitute for Mr. Rove, a person from whom I stay immeasurably distanced, any of the following: Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and various others. These political operators and the people who they control seem willing to cross any and all moral and ethical lines in their relentless insistence on depriving Democrats of internal due process. I say we can "almost" substitute their names for Mr. Rove's because they do not seem nearly so adept at actually gaining their stated objective - the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency, an outcome that seems less likely with every gaffe and every new poll result.

The newest evidence of the wickedness of the current crop of DNC leaders is the fact that nobody in the DNC is willing to supply the following information: how the delegates actually voted in their private morning caucuses on the day of the roll call rigamarole orchestrated by Democratic Party state and national leaders. At those meetings the state party leaders, made fearful of any sort of "floor fight" (read "honest, open, legitimate, unrigged roll call vote") cajoled, pressured and demanded that delegates pledged to Senator Clinton switch their votes to Senator Obama. Wickedness.

I have been informed by various sources that delegates cannot get, from either the DNC or their State party chairs the following information: the actually tallies and ballot sheets from the morning caucuses. This means that nobody can check whether in fact Clinton delegates did switch or which of them did and which of them did not.

There is every reason to ask for this information if one cares about the Democratic Party's integrity which is rapidly reaching the vanishing point. When delegates ask for this information they are being told things like "We don't have copies of the ballots" or "We are too busy with campaigns". They are being told, in essence, to take a hike; process be damned, all that the Democratic Party cares about is result, with no heed to how it is achieved.

That type of thinking brought America an attorney general and a President who decided torture is not torture if it gets you what you think you want.

The DNC's own rules disqualify secret ballots at the convention. If the Party does not release full and verifiable tallies and ballot sheets post haste, they are not only in violation of this rule, Party officials become ever more indistinguishable from the man who stole Florida and deprived Al Gore of the Presidency in 2000.

Voting rights are at the foundation of any legitimate democratic institution. Ballots disappearing, delegates being given the runaround as they try to verify the result that was announced at the convention - these are wicked tactics, much like the threats to de-accredit delegates who at all tried to treat the Democratic Party Convention as the "deliberative body" is is supposed to be, according so "delegate guru" Phil MacNamara over on the DNCC website.

The purveyors of such political wickedness are tearing apart the Democratic Party and corroding its foundations. I for one shall remain immeasurably distanced from them and from the candidate who has capitalized on the leadership's wicked ways.

If you care to join those working hard to distance the current DNC leadership from their power, please consider a contribution to The Denver Group. For a summary of The Denver Group's post convention objectives go here.


Blogger Patricia said...

Thank you Heidi, you have once again given form to some very important thoughts and have done so quite eloquently. There is now so little distance between the Democrats and Republicans that they have morphed into an uber party. Stopping this trend has become a must in order to bring democracy back. In the meantime we need to vote for candidates who have authenticity and who understand the process.

September 2, 2008 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

thanks heidi - this entire fiasco makes me literally sick. i'm spreading the denver group link around!

September 2, 2008 at 11:27 PM  
OpenID ladyboomernyc said...

Geez, Heidi! Thank you for this information. Hillary said in her speech, "All the votes will be counted." Now the question is: Who has them? This just keeps getting thicker and thicker.

Thought you and your readers might be interested in my roll call retrospective post, comparing what we should have had with what we got:


September 2, 2008 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Heidi - great article. I agree, the lack of published final tallies is most distressing.

I have written to the Convention general email as well as Real Clear Politics editorial board to ask when the final roll call tally will be posted. No response. Although RCP has only had the email for less than one day, so they may respond as yet.

The numbers have been posted here:

But who knows, if this truly represents the enigmatic ballot sheets.

September 2, 2008 at 11:50 PM  
Anonymous waiting4hrc said...

Heidi, wickedness is the perfect term to apply to the DNC. The DNC is decayed and rotting. It needs to be purged for the Democratic party to start properly functioning in a democratic way again. Hillary was the people's choice - that's what the primary was supposed to be about. I have decided to support McCain/Palin.

September 3, 2008 at 2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God we live in a free democracy, and not some corrupt country that rigs elections, like Zimbabwe.

Never mind.

September 3, 2008 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Hallie said...

I was one of those delegates. I am one of those delegates trying to get the elusive tally sheets from my party chair. I have requested them. I have written Alice Germond requesting them as well. What am I to do? I am leaving the democratic party in total disgust. I have no other choice. I worked myself to the edge of bankruptcy for this party - not only for Sen. Clinton but for the entire PARTY. Now all they want is my ROLODEX. Who the hell still keeps a rolodex nowadays? I am so disgusted that they have finally run me smack dab out of my own party. I want to know why is it that they democratic party can carry the water for 99 yards and then hand it off and let the other GUYS carry the ball in for the touchdown? I am totally disgusted.

I own my vote. It has never been for sale. I voted for Senator Clinton in the morning of the 27th. Why can't I see those tally sheets? I was a delegate. They held us hostage across town when the roll call vote started so that we couldn't make a peep of a sound on TV. So that nary a "NAY" could be heard across the land. Still, we ran as hard as we could, JUST IN TIME we yelled at the top of our lungs when California passed. My voice is still gone, here more than a week later. What BS is that? He would have won anyhow. Why the need to kick us in the teeth? They wonder why we aren't "Coming around"? Hmmm, why I won't write a check, why I won't work for the down-ticket candidates? Any candidate associated with this party is part and parcel to this corruption in my opinion. I was called a cunt, a bitch (at least a dozen times) by Obama delegates. I am tired. I have been emotionally, spiritually, financially bankrupted by this party. I have had enough. I have been on the inside of these "secret" conference calls with the Obama senior staff. They are chewing up Palin in terrible ways, using the same playbook they used against Sen. Clinton. While I don't agree with many of her stands, I have to say I was jailed for my stand against the war, so I too can disagree with a politican and still move ahead. It is time for a woman to be in the executive branch. Mr. Obama had the perfect candidate. Instead he kicked her in the teeth and she went along with it, comproming us, her delegates along with the way, holding us hostage in a building across town, knowing the roll call vote was starting. This is not my party. It is not the party of Jefferson. I am done. Not another dime. I am done.

September 4, 2008 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger do justice said...

Heidi's comment is right on as far as it goes. But why does it stop short of naming Barack Obama or David Axelrod or the Obama Campaign. It seems that the Obama Campaign were the ones truly calling the shots at the Convention. We need to confront this fact and then decide how we will deal with it. Blaming Pelosi, Reid, Dean, while heaven knows they deserve blame, avoids the real issue.

September 4, 2008 at 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Heidi,
Clinton delegates must make their story public. The nomination was a travesty of justice. This injustice must be aired for all to judge. All Clinton delegates must post their stories for the American people to see.

September 20, 2008 at 3:53 AM  

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