Howard Dean's Obama Voters Are Twice As Equal As Other Voters?
Did you know that the rules to be used this coming Saturday to halve the delegate counts in the critical states of Florida and Michigan are actually NEW RULES?
That's right. These rules are Howard Dean era rules, which vastly benefited Nevada and South Carolina and ended up disenfranchising millions of voters in Florida and Michigan.
Suddenly, "Democratic National Committee Lawyers" have trial-ballooned a memo --mere days before the Howard Dean/Donna Brazile/Barack H. Obama ax chops the proverbial heads off of voters in Michigan and Florida. Said memo reads:
Memo: Fla., Mich. can't be fully restored
WASHINGTON - A Democratic Party rules committee has the authority to restore delegates from Michigan and Florida but not fully seat the two states at the convention as Hillary Rodham Clinton wants, according to a party analysis.
Party rules require that the two states lose at least half of their convention delegates for holding elections too early, Democratic National Committee lawyers wrote in a 38-page memo.
The memo was sent late Tuesday to the 30 members of the party's Rules and Bylaws Committee, which plans to meet Saturday to consider the fate of convention delegates from the two states. The party is considering plans to restore at least some of the delegates to make sure the two important general election battlegrounds will be included at the nominating convention in August.
Whose lawyers are these?
Howard Dean's lawyers, of course.
Who says FL & MI delegates can't be fully restored?
Howard Dean's lawyers.
About those "DNC Rules" that punish FL & MI for their state legislatures moving their Dem primary dates, here's the only info available on the DNC's website:
On August 19th the members of the Democratic National Committee adopted the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The Rules govern the development and implementation of a delegate selection process by each state and territorial Party.
Some highlights of the 2008 Rules:
Last year the Party's Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling issued its recommendations on the 2008 primary and caucus calendar.
The Party recognizes the need early in the nominating process to broaden participation to reflect the Party’s rich racial, regional, and economic diversity by including 2 additional states. Twelve states applied to conduct early primaries and caucuses. We believe that shows the energy and excitement for opening up the process.
The addition of 2 states early in the process will also open up the dialogue to engage a broader range of people to talk about a wider variety of issues. This will enable the Democratic Party to choose the strongest candidate to be our Presidential nominee.
The new schedule is as follows:
* Iowa holds the first-in-the-nation caucus on January 14.
* New Hampshire holds the first-in-the-nation primary on January 22.
* Nevada conducts a caucus between Iowa and New Hampshire on Saturday, January 19.
* South Carolina holds a primary 1 week after the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, January 29
The regular window will open for all other states on the first Tuesday in February -- February 5, 2008.
Presidential Candidate Sanctions on the Window
There is a new rule that imposes new sanctions on presidential candidates. If a state, any state, violates the rule on timing/the window, presidential candidates will face sanctions if they campaign in that state. Examples of campaigning include: making personal appearances in the state, hiring campaign workers, and buying advertising and so on.
Currently, the only punishment for states that violate the window was on State Parties. This new enforcement provision recognizes that presidential candidates must also bear a responsibility in enforcing the window or face sanctions.
The 2008 Rules contain a new provision allowing Internet voting under certain conditions. Internet voting can only apply to State Party-run primaries and must be accompanied by in-person voting locations and vote by mail. Additionally, Internet voting must include a comprehensive outreach and education program to reach those who lack access as well as certain security and technical safeguards.
Voting Machine Equipment
The 2008 Rules contain a new provision requiring State Parties to take provable positive steps to acquire optical scan voting machines and DRE voting machines that produce a voter verified paper record.
The 2008 Rules contain a new provision requiring State Parties to adopt and implement inclusion programs for LGBT Americans and persons with disability to achieve the full participation of these groups in the delegate selection process. Such programs, may as is already the case in a number of states, include setting goals.
Additionally there are new requirements on presidential candidates to use all their best efforts to maximize participation in the delegate selection process.
Who decided to make "new rules?"
Howard Dean had to have a hand in this decision.
Who chose Nevada and South Carolina? And why?
Howard Dean and his merry minions, of course. (Sidedebar: I'll bet Dean wasn't expecting that Nevada caucus result!)
Why Nevada and South Carolina? Barack H. Obama was one of Dean's original handpicked campaign 2004 "Dean's Dozen" candidates. Duh.
By the way, Obama faced no sanctions whatsoever for airing TV ads in Florida or for holding a press conference after a fundraiser. Double Duh.
Back to that DNC memo...
Howard Dean's idea of fairness is to give FL & MI voters the equivalent of HALF HUMAN WORTH in delegates. Jeez! Even the original THREE-FIFTHS COMPROMISE gave more human worth to slaves that Howard Dean's rules will now give delegates in his own party. Damn!
Meanwhile, as usual...
Women will just have to put up or shut up.
Iron your own shirt, Asswipes.
And make your own damned coffee, Howard. While you're at it...
Host your own damned fundraisers.
Stuff your own damned envelopes.
Make your own damned cold calls.
Write and edit your own damned newsletters, direct mailers, and websites.
Organize your own damned caucus plans.
Register your own damned new voters.
Knock & Drop your own silly self.
Write your own damned letters to the editors.
Create your own damned national email blast lists.
Foot-pedal your own damned auto pen machine. Better yet, sign your own damned name on your correspondence.
Compose your own damned talking points on critical issues.
Come up with your own damned press releases and statements in 45 minutes or less.
And count your own damned money and put your own neck on the IRS line, Howie.
'Cause we women --the ones you & Donna & Barack/Barry no longer need-- who've done these campaign jobs for little or no pay are done, damn it.
Hey, Howie! If you still think women can't survive four years of John McCain after eight years of Bush II, think again, Sweetie.
Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- And she made him (Samson) sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head.