I’m piggy-backing GaryChapelHill’s post below, and gadzooks – the crazy cat woman army got their way. Hillary Clinton’s name will be on the roll call vote at the Democratic Convention. Yet according to Liz Sidoti, AP writer, Hillary is expected to release her delegates despite having less than 100 delegates’ difference between her and Barack Obama:
WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name will be placed in nomination along with nominee-in-waiting Barack Obama at the , an emblematic move intended to unite the party after a divisive primary.
During the Denver gathering, Democrats will officially choose Obama to run againstthis fall, but the state delegations will do a traditional roll call for their nominee’s vanquished primary opponent as well.
While Democrats say the mechanics of how that will play out still are being determined, Clinton — herself a superdelegate who gets a vote — is expected to release her delegates to Obama, announce her support for him and ask her backers to do the same.
So the “emblematic” move for the “vanquished” opponent is still expected to “release” her delegates, in a “move intended to unite the party?” How is that Democracy in action? Is that the type of “Unity” that the Neo-Republicanized DNC is pushing? I say M_Fing ditto with whipped cream and a cherry on top to what Riverdaughter said here:
F**k Unity! We’ll have unity after Howard Dean tells the Obama crew to back off the threats and intimidation of the delegates. We’ll have unity when Hillary’s name is put in nomination with no conditions. We’ll have unity when all of the superdelegates hear us say that Obama will lose if this convention is not fair, transparent and open. We’ll have unity when they take their responsibilities to their voters seriously. We’ll have unity when all the speeches and arguments are heard for *both* candidates and the roll call proceeds without twisted arms and ruined lives. Then, when we know who the real People’s Choice is, we’ll have Unity. Until then, we got nothing.
Why is the DNC asking the candidate who has the popular vote lead, who demographically and geographically has the widest voter spread and has the greatest chances of defeating John McCain in November asked to release her delegates after her speech? Well guess what, DNC, I want my Floridian 1/2 vote counted, and until the Credentials meeting on Aug 24, it’s still a 1/2 vote. I want my Florida delegates to argue and discuss and VOTE on the roll call and on the Nomination Ballot according to Democratic Convention traditions. But if the Neo-Republicanized DNC wants to twist Democracy out of the hands of its voters by not allowing Senator Clinton to have her delegates vote for her on a NOMINATION BALLOT as well as the traditional roll call, there will be no Democrat in the White House this November. Not because we’re bitter holdouts, but because you silenced our voices and our votes to push ahead an illegitimate candidate that you chose to scoot across the finish line by stealing 4 delegates and 600,000 “uncommitted” votes, thus breaking the DNC charter rule of Fair Reflection at the RBC meeting on May 31st, 2008.
How can the DNC demand Democracy in November for the General Election, yet won’t allow it in August among members of its own party? A traditional phrase says that “respect must be given in order for it to be attained.” I say the same goes for Democracy.
Despite the DNC stealing and appropriating Clinton delegates just so the DNC can cushion their selected-and-not-elected presumptive candidate’s delegate pile, they still can’t risk the chance that pledged delegates and superdelegates having Obama buyer’s remorse. And as a result of it, Democracy itself is collateral damage just because the Neo-Republicanized DNC suffers from Clenis envy and CDS.
Harold Ickes, PLEASE live up to your word! We want a floor fight!
¡Que viva los PUMAs!
(Long live PUMAs!)