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Wednesday: It matters who counts the votes

Nancy knows better than you do

Nancy knows better than you do

Last Wednesday morning, a vote was held in Denver in the hotels of the state delegations.  Later that afternoon, a “roll call” was held in the convention center and Barack Obama was hailed as our new nominee.  The funny thing is, those of us who remember what the primary results were in some of our states could not reconcile our memories with the way our delegations actually voted.  If you lived in AR or NJ, your vote was reallocated to Obama even though your state delegation should have gone overwhelmingly for Clinton.  On what basis did the state chairs make the decision to reallocate the vote?  Presumably, the vote earlier in the morning allowed this to happen and it should be a relatively easy thing to look at those ballots and say, “Ahhh, here’s the problem.  Hillary just didn’t get the votes she needed.”

Except, no one has been able to see those ballots.

Heidi Li, Murphy and our own LadyBoomerNYC have been posting about this in the last day but what is really infuriating is that those of us who were in Denver at the time tried to tell the media what was going on and there was barely a yawn from them on the subject.  It’s shameful to think there isn’t one media outlet looking into what happened last Wednesday (Late sighting! There is one.  See the “more” note at the bottom of the page).  After all, it was only our votes that we cast in good faith during the primaries.

The party will tell us that it is a private entity and it can make up and rescind its rules whenever it damn well pleases.  But it’s a public scandal when state legislatures debate and vote on the timing of the primary and state treasuries allocate funds for the primary and poll workers are trained for the primary and voters take time off from work for the primary and little old ladies get jostled in caucuses because they mistakenly believe that it is their civic duty to turn out for the vote for a private party that is under no obligation to follow its own processes.  It is a public scandal when millions and millions of dollars are solicited from individuals to fund a campaign and pay for advertising, buttons, stickers, lawn signs, campaign staff, goldfish snack crackers for volunteers, canvassing materials, phone time and rallies when the result of all that effort and money is that delegate ballots get filed in the trashcan at a private party’s convention.  It is a public scandal when the will and intention of the voters is shoved aside by Nancy Pelosi who substituted her judgment for the voters, for deciding that she knows what’s best for you, and that is Barack Obama, whether you like him or not.

Who is this person we “selected” at the convention?  What kind of man would allow, endorse, encourage this type of behavior on his behalf?  What kind of character does he have when he accepts the nomination that resulted from crushing the will of so many voters?  What kind of president will he be if he doesn’t honor the intentions of the voters in the beginning?  And what were Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Jon Corzine and others thinking when they endorsed him?

What we know of the vote last Wednesday is that Hillary actually received more than 1900 delegates before the counting was stopped.  We have been told that the delegate count was getting too close for Pelosi et al to explain away.  We also know that some Edwards’ delegates wanted to switch their votes to Hillary but were told they were not allowed.  We know that delegates, who represent you and me and their states, were threatened and intimidated to vote for Obama.  What we don’t know is how close the vote actually was. We may never know because once a result is read out, and there is no protest, no media attention, the deal is done.  But no one who witnessed this should feel any less outraged and those who participated in the fraud should never expect unity.

There will never be any resolution to this primary season.  Barack Obama deserves to lose.  Save your breath, Obamaphiles.  You are not supporting a great man.  There is nothing admirable about a man who accepts fraudulent vote counts on his behalf.  Everything that comes afterwards is tainted.  And as for the media who hyped this man to astronomical heights, don’t expect us to ever trust anything you say until you report the truth of what happened last Wednesday.  We’ve never understood your hatred of Hillary Clinton.  It borders on the pathological.  Now, you are as responsible as the DNC and Obama himself for what happens from here.  You are responsible for whatever bad thing comes of this election because the will of the voters was not honored.

There isn’t enough scorn in the world to heap upon those who are responsible for this scandal that has turned our precious country’s reputation for fair elections into that of just another banana republic.  No man is worth squandering our legacy like this.  Especially *this* man.

More: Heidi Li has a follow-up on the absurd story that the California delegation has been tryint to foist on an unknowing public.  It looks like the LATimes is tepidly following up on the issue.  Also, see this page from TheGreenPapers for the startling results of the floor vote.  What was done to Hillary’s voters is disgraceful.