Wednesday, September 3, 2008

From the wicked to the absurd: the saga of the California "pass"

Let me begin with a credit to somebody who left a comment on the previous post on this site, And the Wickedness Goes On.... That commenter drew my attention to what I had previously thought might have been a principled refusal by the California delegation to the Democratic National Convention's rigged internal election of its nominee (otherwise known as the roll call vote). The LA Times decided to look into the matter. In its first story , on August 28th, on the situation the Times wrote, "The state takes a pass simply because a tally of its 441 delegate votes wasn't completed when the state's name was called."

Then yesterday, September 2, the Times followed up with this story, announcing that only by September 2 did the state complete its tally. Furthermore, the L.A. Times reports the following about its inquiry to the DNC the about the total roll call vote tally:

As for the total vote, well, Democratic officials were still working on it as of late this afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, Natalie Wyeth, said paperwork had been shipped back from the convention site in Denver, but that the Labor Day holiday delayed the tally.

Wyeth said she expected the official count to be released soon, perhaps by day’s end.

Say what? Let me get this straight. In their rush to fake a roll call vote, first the DNC does not give one of the largest and most populous states in the country a full opportunity to have its tally completed and reported at the convention; then the DNC gives a major news paper the lamest excuse I ever heard for its failure to have a final tally completed as of yesterday. Labor Day weekend made it hard to count any sooner. Say what? I worked over Labor Day Weekend but would happily have headed over to the DNC to help count if that was the problem. And you can be sure that if the DNC can't count votes any quicker than this, no way are they going to be ready any time soon to gather and ready to release information about which delegates chose to vote against the way they were pledged.

Rank and file Democrats need that information - facts about which delegates decided that their consituents' interests would be most faithfully carried out (the standard defined in the Party's rules) by voting for somebody other than the candidate the consituents voted for - so that ordinary Democrats can decide whether they want to entrust their franchise to these particular representatives should any try to become delegates again.

Now, it appears that a large number of Clinton delegates from California, where Senator Clinton won big in the primary, did not care to switch their allegiance from Senator Cinton to Senator Obama on the first ballot.

Now, maybe it was sheer ineptitude that led to California's inability to count its delegates in time to actually participate in the sham roll call. Or maybe Nancy Pelosi - DNC official, Obama supporter, and prominent California politician - thought that by not giving California time to finish its tally she would preempt the possibility that one of the early states to vote would assign a large chunk of its delegates to Senator Clinton.

Whatever the case, the California experience epitomizes the wrongfulness of the DNC's approach to this entire primary/caucus season. The DNC has consistently enabled or facilitated interference with free, fair, and open elections whether it be at caucuses in the states that held them or at its own convention.

5 Comments:

Blogger Annie said...

These reports seem to indicate that at this time, the Democratic party no longer exists. In its place is a criminal concern...and of course having been Dem at one time, an inept one.

Heidi, at this rate , what will be left ? Right now I believe one of Obama jobs is to destory the party. That's one deal he has closed. I feel STJ's funeral was for more than that wonderful lady, but for the party I have known for 40 years.

September 3, 2008 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

This is truly frightening behavior from a group of people who are purported to be thinking adults. I have yet to decide whether they are plain thugs or a group of teenagers all a atwitter about their latest heart throb and totally bereft of their senses because their hormones are out of control. In any case I am beginning to think they need to be brought back to their senses with a sounding defeat.

September 3, 2008 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous kanaughty said...

i still can't get over that faux roll call. if they were going to cheat, then why weren't they better at hiding it, i mean seriously this was so blatant that it made me laugh at how stupid they were at showing us that our votes ultimately did not go to the person we voted for in the end. it was almost like watching one of those stupid criminals reality shows or something :)

i mean seriously, the audacity is amazing especially if they really thought people would not get mad at them for it and actually decide they would vote the other way that day instead because of the undemocratic behavior they are showing... this is just weird to me how they have acted this primary season.

i am actually glad that my eyes were opened so that now i will research people more when i need to vote instead of just going with what the media says and sells us and also, i probably will never be a straight ticket dem ever again, at this point it almost seems like i have been lazy all these years not doing the research for myself and buying their lines so easily...

from now on i will be an informed voter and vote for who i know from past evidence will get things done and who sticks by their word and maybe even exceeds them :)
kanani aka kanaughty

September 3, 2008 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the Roll Call votes of the Obamacrats and as a democrat I was horrified! I kept asking myself how can they do this, how can Ark. change all their delegates to Obama? Then the charade continued, state by state. I too actually thought Calif. was showing some form of integrity by passing.

If someone had asked me 5 months ago would I vote the republican ticket, I would have laughed in their face. Now, not only will I vote McCain/Palin, but I find myself defending the VP candidate against dirty politics from what was once my party.

I have voted democratic for 30+ years, since Jimmy Carter when I was 21. This election season and the Democratic Party has been perverted into something that is evil and corrupt inside out. I hope to support the dems downticket but..."NoBama, NoWay, NoHow."

September 3, 2008 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!
This needs media coverage! I called it a FAUX roll call all along but this is too much! We need
this to become PUBLIC. AND, NO more
caucuses!
The theft of principles and ideals.
The theft of votes and delegates.
The destruction of reputation and
near destruction of a legacy...this
is what happened. But, we will fight back.
Sen. Clinton earned more votes and
Obama's ego was too frail to even
vett her for VP.
She is the BEST, she should be our
POTUS. If not now then in 2012.
Til then...Majority Leader!

September 3, 2008 at 8:53 PM  

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