Talk to the hand cuz the face don't understand!
Despite Obama having an endorsement lead, the RBC/DNC and Obama campaign still have yet to give back those 4 Hillary delegates from Michigan, plus 600,000 “uncommitted” votes which violates the DNC’s rule of “Fair Reflection.” If anyone has any news on the extra 4 MI delegates the RBC took from Hillary, please post it in the comments and I’ll update this post.
Here’s how AP is reporting it:
Dems give Michigan and Florida full voting rights
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 7 minutes ago
DENVER – Democratic delegates from Michigan and Florida were awarded full voting rights at the national convention Sunday, despite holding early primaries against party rules.
The convention credentials committee voted unanimously to restore the voting privileges at the behest of Barack Obama, the party’s presumptive nominee for president. The states were initially stripped of delegates for holding primaries before Feb. 5. The party’s rules committee restored the delegates in May, but gave them only half votes.
Democrats hope the gesture will strengthen their standing in two important battleground states while ending a contentious chapter of the nominating process.
“The only way we will be successful is if we are unified as a party and all Democrats know we are full partners,” said Chris Edley Jr., a committee member from California who introduced the resolution to restore Florida’s votes.
The party’s move raises questions about whether it will be able to control its primary calendar in the future. A commission will work on the issue over the next two years.
Representatives from Florida and Michigan said they were penalized enough. None of the major candidates campaigned in the states before the primaries, and the delegates’ votes weren’t restored until after the nomination was decided.
“We realize that mistakes have been made, but we’re excited in Florida,” said Scott Maddox, a former Florida Democratic chairman and a member of the credentials committee. “We have suffered enough.”
Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan called Sunday’s vote “a victory for change in the system.”
Levin has been working to challenge the early voting status of Iowa and New Hampshire.
“We had the guts to take the system on, and we made progress this year,” he said.
Obama’s former Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, won both primaries. Obama’s name was not on the Michigan ballot and neither candidate campaigned in Florida.
Some of Clinton’s supporters were outraged that the delegates were not fully reinstated in May. They were also angry that Obama claimed some of the delegates won by Clinton in Michigan.
Obama clinched the Democratic nomination June 3 and he has been working to win over Clinton’s supporters ever since.
The credentials committee’s work is expected to win ratification by the whole convention Monday.
Florida has 211 delegates, including superdelegates, and Michigan has 157. Both states are expected to be battlegrounds in the November election.
Restoring their voting rights increases the total number of delegate votes at the convention to 4,419. It will take 2,210 delegates to win the nomination.
Obama ended the primaries with a 365-delegate lead over Clinton. Reinstating the Florida and Michigan delegates will not affect that lead because Obama has more endorsements from the states’ superdelegates.
I stand by my Floridian voter’s opinion:
If a bank robber was caught stealing money and at their trial, they made a plea bargain to give most of the money back – it still doesn’t exculpate them from the crime they committed. The robber should be punished regardless. PUMA was formed to protest the DNC’s hijack of Democracy. We want Democracy back in the Democratic Party, and you will not get our support and votes until our Democratic leaders start acting Democratically again.
In Florida, our votes are used like toilet paper since 2000, and since the DNC’s leadership mostly ignores its voter base, they thought the best way they can win an election is by copying the Rove playbook. How about counting our votes and LISTENING to your voters for a change? Everytime they do listen, Democrats win the General election. Had Ted Kennedy been the 1980 DNC candidate, Reagan would have never won nor started the Neo-Conservative movement. I still resent that the Democratic leadership did not fight for Al Gore’s votes in 2000, had they fought like their Democratic voter base asked and pleaded them to, we would not have 8 years of the most destructive presidential administration in this country’s history.
We put our trust in a party that we thought valued and represented Democracy and that would fight for our votes and for clean and transparent elections processes. But since they won’t fight for Democracy, we will.
What happened on May 31st, 2008 was a crime against Democracy. 4 delegates and 600,000 votes were STOLEN in order to cushion Obama’s popular vote and delegate pile. Had Obama won fair and square, if he had a popular vote lead (which Hillary does and Obama doesn’t) and had won his delegates without the caucus fraud and DNC/RBC fiasco on May 31st, we’d be a united party.
As far as I’m concerned, this changes nothing. We still have an illegitimate candidate that won through illegitimate means. And PUMA will continue to be a consciousness that lives in all of us here at this little corner of the blogosphere until Democracy is back in the Democratic Party.
As Carol Diamonds says: PUMA HAKA!
¡Que viva los PUMAs! (Long live PUMAs!)
PS: Gary & Mawm updates coming soon! PUMAMobile is somewhere near Kansas.
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