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June 13, 2008

The United States of Democrats: DNC Moves To Chicago

Hip, hip hooray!  What a brilliant move!!!  This is change we can believe in and a sign of better things to come for the democratic party and America. 

Senator Obama has great innovative ideas and is obviously READY from day one!

Moving the DNC from Washington D.C. to Chicago to work hand-in-hand with Team Obama will create a united democratic front and will go along way to spread party unity nationwide.  During the democratic nomination race Team Obama was exemplary:  it was disciplined; it was leak-free, there were clear lines of communication and authority from the candidate and his key advisors, Chicago-based David Axelrod, and campaign manager David Plouffe.  They treated their employees and volunteers with respect and because of good management from the top down they have created a tight-knit staff.

The DNC has had a history of being the opposite – not organized and undisciplined.  With both teams joining forces they will learn from each other and be on the ‘same page’ in terms of campaign policies, procedures and synchronization.  Once they gel, this will be a formidable team.  The DNC will be a better organization once the general elections are over because of this move.  With a more disciplined and organized DNC it will be able to help local politicians, Senators, Congresspersons and Governors get elected in the fall and beyond.

One of the biggest benefits of this move, to me, is to get the campaign staffers out of the deep abyss called Washington, D.C. 



June 3, 2008

Senator Barack Obama: Presumptive Nominee! Will I Cry?

  Tonight just might be the night Senator Barack Obama officially becomes the Presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party of the United States of America.  If all I have read today is correct and this happens, it will be a night to remember.  Will I cry?


This will be a monumental night of great proportions for America.  This will show that many of us have reached a point in our lives where we believe that we can get to the mountain top together.  TOGETHER.  We are so much stronger and better when we stand together.  Stronger because Barack did not just get black votes; he got white votes, Hispanic/Latino votes, Native American votes, Asian votes.  We did this TOGETHER.


Most of us will stand tall tonight.  Most of us will be proud, happy, joyous, and emotional all at the same time.  We will feel really, really, really good. 


During a speech in Atlanta in January 2008, Obama recalled the story of Joshua.  He said that the scripture tells us that when Joshua and the Israelites arrived at the gates of Jericho, they could not enter. The walls of the city were too steep for any one person to climb; too strong to be taken down with brute force. And so they sat for days, unable to pass on through.


He goes on to say that, God had a plan for His people. He told them to stand together and march together around the city, and on the seventh day He told them that when they heard the sound of the ram’s horn, they should speak with one voice. And at the chosen hour, when the horn sounded and a chorus of voices cried out together, the mighty walls of Jericho would come tumbling down, and it did. 


There are many lessons to take from this passage, just as there are many lessons to take from what tonight means. Tonight is not about the deplorable past.  Tonight is about a brilliant future.  Tonight is about newness and oneness and unity.  Unity is how we will overcome the republicans during the general elections on November 4.



June 1, 2008

White Female Clinton Supporters: Why So Angry?

Watch video of Harriet Christian:



What did Clinton supporters expect the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee to do with the Florida and Michigan delegate allocation?

How can there be no penalties after rules were broken?  What would happen in 2012?

It has been revealed that Barack Obama had enough votes in Michigan’s write in ballots (write in ballots were not initially counted) to demand a 50/50 delegate allocation in Michigan but he left the allocation up to the RBC — the RBC split the delegates 69/59 in Clinton’s favor.  Barack Obama could have insisted on something other than half a vote for each Florida delegate but he didn’t — he left the allocation up to the RBC.  After the rulings Senator Clinton came out ahead with a net of 24 delegates more than Senator Obama.

How is this Barack Obama’s fault?

I don’t understand all the hate being projected onto Barack Obama.  How is Hillary losing his fault?  It’s a competition and he’s winning.  Are people angry just because he’s running and winning? What would they prefer?  That he did not run?  If anyone is to blame it’s Hillary for not running a better race.  Hillary was the ‘Presumptive Nominee’ when the race started.  It was her race to lose.

I am a HUGE sports fan.  I want the LA Lakers to win the NBA Championship but I won’t HATE the Boston Celtics if they win.  I would be disappointed that the Lakers lost, but I would have to respect the Celtics for winning.  If they win it’s only because they played a better game.

In sports there’s nothing more exciting than a highly competitive game; I love a game that goes into overtime.  The only difference in this nomination process is that it’s the fourth quarter and Barack Obama is winning and it doesn’t look like his opponent can score enough points to win.  It’s a competition, someone has to win.

Do you remember this years Super Bowl game between the New York Giants and the highly favored New England Patriots?  The game was one of the most significant upsets in Super Bowl history.  It was an exciting game!  The Giants (14-6) won 17–14 preventing the Patriots (18-1) from becoming the first undefeated team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins went 17–0.

The Giants became the first NFC wild card team to win a Super Bowl!


McCain: Not Just Visiting, He’s Living on Fantasy Island


Last week John McCain McBush reiterated for me that he is clueless about things he speaks about.  McBush’s claim to fame is that he is an expert on Iraq, but that is not true.  He keeps making mammoth mistakes which scare the living daylights out of me.  These are not little slips of the tongue or him misspeaking; McBush continually gets the facts wrong.  He just keeps getting it wrong.  It makes me wonder what he’ll be saying in September/October when he’s tired.  Right now he’s pretty well-rested.

Last week he said to a town hall crowd, “I can look you in the eye and tell you the surge is succeeding”. “We have drawn down to pre-surge levels.”

Whoa big John! That’s not true, so STOP looking me in the eye!  There are currently 155,000 troops in Iraq; there were 130,000 before the surge.

McBush also proclaimed that Mosul is “quiet”.  According to our US military, there are 23 major cities in Iraq; Mosul is the third largest city.  But somehow McBush wants us to feel content that one city, Mosul, is ‘quiet’?  But not even that is true.

McCain seem not to have heard that earlier that day three suicide bombings rocked Mosul and a nearby town, leaving 23 dead.

The day before that McCain scoffed at Obama for declining to go with him on a trip to Iraq, saying, “We’ve got to show him the facts on the ground.”

Which facts are those Senator?  The fantasy facts you invented while on Fantasy Island visiting the year 2013?

Keep McBush out of the White House or God help us all!




P.S. Please read our 5/17 post, “McCain: Mac to the Future” to get details of McCain’s ‘2013 speech’ delivered on May 15 in Columbus, Ohio.



May 31, 2008

Puerto Rico Primary: Clinton leads by double digits…

  Puerto Rico’s Democratic primary is tomorrow, Sunday, June 1.  55 delegates will be allocated based on the results.

The decision to hold a primary instead of a caucus was made in early March 2008 in an attempt to increase participation and to encourage the candidates to campaign in Puerto Rico. With a voter turnout rate of 81.4% in Puerto Rico’s 2004 general election for governor among other island wide positions, Puerto Rico has among the highest voter participation records in the world.

Because the single most commonly reason cited for “not voting” is being “too busy”, the commonwealth holds their elections on Sundays.  When will we start this trend on the ‘main land’?

The irony here is that despite having a large turnout rate, the U.S. Electoral College system does not allow residents of territories, including Puerto Rico, a self-governing commonwealth, to vote for president.  While Puerto Rico has no Electoral College votes, Puerto Rico’s delegates are represented at the parties’ conventions and they help to select the nominee of the parties even though they can’t vote for the person they helped to select.

Senator Hillary Clinton of New York is favored to win tomorrow, owing in large part to the New York-Puerto Rico connection and affection for Bill Clinton.  A recent poll by El Vocero, a San Juan newspaper, had Clinton ahead by 51 percent to 38 percent over Obama.  But because of the way the 55 delegates are apportioned, Senator Obama could add a sizable number of delegates to those he already has even if he loses.

Obama needs just 42 more delegates to reach the 2026 needed to win the Democratic nomination.



Continuous Update: SPIRITED DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Debate

Wow, this hearing is facinating!  Great arguments and great background and inside information that I never heard before.  Both Clinton and Obama selected excellent and passionate candidates to argue their cases.  Harold Ickes (former Bill Clinton chief of staff 1994-1997) is a piece of work who doesn’t seem to want to compromise on anything — should be a long day for committee members.

Earlier this week DNC lawyers stated that Florida and Michigan must lose at least 50% of their delegates in accordance with DNC laws.

The Rules and Bylaws committe (“RBC”) has as its members, 13 Clinton superdelegates, 8 Obama superdelegates and 9 uncommitted superdelegates.

Watch at: http://www.cnn.com/video/live/live.html?stream=stream2

Or watch on CSPAN (no commercials), CNN or MSNBC.



DNC Chair Howard Dean spoke.  He wants the committe members to:

  • Respect the voters of Florida and Michigan – not only those who turned out to vote, but also those who did not
  • Respect our two candidates and their campaigns who followed the rules this body set forward over two years ago, and
  • Respect the 48 states who did not violate the rules

He also wants the RBC members to realize that, “Understandably, the compromise that you discuss here today will not make anyone completely satisfied.”


RBC committee co-chairpersons are giving background about various conversations they had with Florida going back to August 25, 2007 as to why Florida should not hold their primaries before February 5, 2008 and the consequences that Florida would incur if Florida decided to go against the rules.


Jon Ausman, DNC presents Florida’s case as to why they should get full voting privileges at the DNC convention August 25-28, 2008.  “When we leave the room, I want all of us wearing our blue jerseys, so we can take on the Republicans in their red jerseys in November,” Ausman said.


Senator Bill Nelson (FL) presenting.  Unite party.  Florida delegates must count at DNC convention. Senator Clinton supporter.


Senator Arthenia Joyner (FL) presenting.  Give Florida full vote.  Unite party.  Standing ovation.  Senator Clinton supporter.


Congressman Robert Wexler (FL 19 District).  Approve 50% delegate allocation.  Unite democrats.  Raucous response. Senator Obama supporter.


RBC committee co-chairpersons are giving background about various conversations they had with Michigan going back to June 2007 as to why Michigan should not hold their primaries before February 9, 2008 and the consequences that Michigan would incur if Michigan decided to go against the rules.  Michigan held their primaries on January 15, 2008.


Mark Brewer DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Member (MI).  Requesting reinstating the entire Michigan delegation. Requesting 69 delegates to Clinton/59 delegates to Obama.  Says that all available primary date (write in votes/exit polls/primary votes) shows that Clinton received 9% of votes that she SHOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED!  Also claims that write in ballots (30,000) were not counted and but shows that MAJORITY OF WRITE-IN WERE FOR OBAMA AND THEREFORE OBAMA SHOULD GET ‘MORE’ DELEGATES!!! Uncommitted superdelegate.  


Senator Carl Levin (MI) presenting.  Michigan’s democratic party created a ‘Working group of 4’ that negotiated with Clinton and Obama supporters and Michigan is united!  They support full seating and full voting rights for the entire Michigan delegation. Supports Mark Brewers 69/59 delegate allocation proposal. Michigan had a flawed primary.  DNC Rules and Bylaws committe gave waiver to New Hampshire when they broke the rules and changed their caucus date even after years of privilege.  Michigan is tired of being treated unfairly by DNC Rules committe and DNC should offer Michigan a waiver and seat all their delegates with full voting rights at the DNC convention. No state should be first and second every election (Iowa and New Hampshire).  “Michigan is unified, don’t misunify us!”. Uncommitted superdelegate. 


David Bonior, former House Majority Whip (D-MI).  Former John Edwards campaign manager.  Michigan delegates should be spilt 64/64. Michigan had flawed primary.  Reinstate full voting rights to Michigan delegates.  DNC should focus on party unity and common ground.  Senator Obama supporter.


Presenter Jim Blanchard, former Governor of Michigan (D).  DNC should honor votes.  Votes are sacred.  Michigan is a pivotal state in November.  Michigan delegates should be spilt 73 Clinton/55 Obama.  Michigan primary was not flawed.  Obama’s strategy was flawed. Iowa and New Hampshire should not have lock on being first states with primaries/caucuses.  Donna Brazile gave him a tongue lashing and told him that changing the rules in the middle of the game is cheating.  Senator Clinton supporter.

 BREAK:  3:00pm – 6:00pm EST



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