Firestorm Erupting Over Hillary's Attempted Grab Of Stripped Delegates
(Update: You can see the Part II edition HERE.)
I saw this one coming from way back as soon as I heard that the DNC had stripped Michigan and Florida of their delegates for moving their primaries up. I just KNEW that even though Howard Dean refused to seat delegates from those two states that Hillary would try to grab those delegates if it would help her. Well, it has happened. Yesterday morning, a statement was posted on Hillary's WEBSITE demanding that those delegates be seated. Gee, do you think Hillary would have made this demand if it would have helped Barack Obama? Of course not. However, Hillary will desperately need those delegates if it looks like she won't be able to reach the majority on the first ballot. A locked convention would probably favor Obama and Hillary needs to prevent any votes beyond the first ballot this summer. Already there is a firestorm of angry protest in the Leftwing Blogosphere over this blatant power grab by Hillary that counters the rules already agreed to. Right now the DUmmies are in the midst of their weekend bong hits so most of their reaction is still somewhat incoherent but you can get a good idea of the absolute outrage over on the Left in this Daily KOs KOmmie THREAD titled, "Hillary Clinton to Howard Dean: Screw you." So while the MSM obsess over Rush Limbaugh's apparent loss of influence with Republicans which will probably be proven wrong this Tuesday in Florida, the BIG political story now brewing is the implosion of the Democrats over Hillary's blatant rule-breaking power grab of delegates that have been stripped from Michigan and Florida. So fasten your seat belt and watch the KOmmie anger directed towards Hillary in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, noting that Bill is probably quite fond of stripped female delegates, is in the [brackets]:
Hillary Clinton to Howard Dean: Screw you.
[I can't wait to hear Howard Dean's reaction. YEEEEEEAAAAAAGGGHHHHH!!!]
Hillary Clinton's campaign is actively and, for the first time, openly seeking to undermine Howard Dean. The context, of course, is the seating of the Michigan and Florida delegations. Where no one has campaigned. And, in the case of Michigan, where Clinton was the only one on the ballot. And where the DNC made a decision, at great cost and pain, to strip them of delegates for violating party rules. But, rules don't apply if they don't help the Clintons.
[Why act so shocked? I saw this coming the moment I heard the DNC was stripping the delegates from Michigan and Florida. I just KNEW that if it would benefit Hillary to have those delegates seated, she would make a power grab for them.]
The folks who brought us efforts to discourage student voting in Iowa and strip workers from caucusing in Nevada issued this statement this morning.
"I hear all the time from people in Florida and Michigan that they want their voices heard in selecting the Democratic nominee.
"I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so I will ask my Democratic convention delegates to support seating the delegations from Florida and Michigan. I know not all of my delegates will do so and I fully respect that decision. But I hope to be President of all 50 states and U.S. territories, and that we have all 50 states represented and counted at the Democratic convention.
"I hope my fellow potential nominees will join me in this.
"I will of course be following the no-campaigning pledge that I signed, and expect others will as well."
[This reminds me of the time when we were playing poker and Mike threw down a pair of deuces and an Ace to claim a trip win against a pair of Jacks. "Deuces Wild!" he declared. Huh? We already agreed that there would be NO wild cards in the game but Mike kept insisting that rule no longer applied. Hillary, meet Mike.]
Of course. She makes this move AFTER Michigan has voted to give her and only her delegates. Four days before Florida, when it would be too late for anything to change what would be an inevitable, name recognition-based landslide.
Why? Is it because Hillary Clinton all of a sudden is concerned about protecting voters' rights?
[Isn't she? Blink! Blink!]
No. Because it's all about Hillary Clinton.
[Isn't it always?]
And, this is a very public slap in the face to Howard Dean and the DNC.
[Will Howard turn the other cheek?]
And yet another sign that if Clinton gets the nomination, Howard Dean will be out on his ass and exiled back to Vermont.
[It sure beats a permanent exile to Fort Marcy Park. And now to savor the delicious outrage from the other KOmmies...]
Yeah! Maybe we can put that ass-clown McAuliff back in charge. He did a GREAT job!
[A perfect track record of losing.]
If Howard Dean is thrown out, he should start his own party and take all the progressives with him. I'm down with that!!! Leave the Democratic Party as a rotting carcass of corporatist centrists so that they can vanish without a trace.
[I'm down with that!!!]
I'm old--if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. His closed lips reminds me of the many Germans that kept quiet about "the camps." And yes, this war--and its possible expansion into Iran/Syria--is getting close to Germany before 1940.
[You're old--and stupid.]
we're going to need a lifeboat after HRC and her new corporate centrist DNC chairman and K Street-enabling Congress turns the name of the Democratic Party into radioactive mud among even low-information voters.
[Prepare to abandon ship!]
The Clintons have to go. They are polarizing, shameless and just don't care except their own behind. They even game their own party's rule even if it destroys everything.
[Deuces wild! Even though we agreed to no wild cards in this game.]
They are outrageous! And they are foreclosing on our future! Yes, IF she wins the nomination AND gets elected, the Rethugs are right back in it. But it's unlikely to get even that far as she'd likely lose the General in an election that really should be ours. The Clintons will ruin the party, further damage the Country because of their fetid, overblown egos.
[And this KOmmie WINS a Kewpie Doll for having a brief moment of mental clarity!]
WE should have this f*cking election in the bag, but once again, we find a way to shoot ourselves in the foot. How many Democrats have we elected in the past 50 years that wasn't a Clinton? ONE
[That probably includes Jimmy but what about Jack?]
The Clintons are Foreclosing our Future. I think that'll be my new sig... thanks!
[Can FReepers use that sig line too?]
Its not funny anymore folks, the Clinton's are the MOST divisive politicians in our party. They will, if nominated, make for a blood bath of a general election. Yes, there will be blood...:)
[I'm already laying in a popcorn and beer supply in anticipation for watching that entertainment.]
It's shameful, however that Hillary agreed to these rules, yet now that she's "won" one state, and is likely to take the other as well, she wants the rules changed all of a sudden. Typical Clintonian divisiveness. As Tweety said today, their MO seems to be to just win, no matter what the cost, then go back and try and make nice with the people you screwed over, hoping they'll have short-term memories about it.
[That was Tweety Matthews before he became a castrati when forced to make an apology for criticizing Hillary a bit too much.]
Hillary left her name on the ballot because she planned to do this all along. She puts herself above the party, which should come as a surprise to exactly no one at this point.
[GASP! Hillary would be that devious?]
Maybe Jerome Armstrong will refund your money. If you've read his crap, I mean, his work on MyDD, he's clearly way over "crashing the gates" and is totally in favor of the delegates being seated.
[Ah! It sounds like Unknown Jerome is collecting "consulting fees" from the Clintons.]
His site must be turning a profit...now he's "one of them"...
[Unknown Jerome's political philosophy is: "Money talks, BS walks."]
All Hail Empress Hillary, OR ELSE! Exactly how in the hell did we get ourselves in to this mess???
[By being STUPID and allowing Unknown Jerome and KOmmie KOs to set the "consulting fees" agenda.]
We spawned this monster, and as long as it was bashing Bush, we were just fine and happy to overlook those little "Indiscretions"... But now that the monster is feeding ON US, we scream bloody murder.. A bit too late for that, I'm afraid...
[Sorry, only one Kewpie Doll alloted per thread.]
Nadar is lurking in the wings. What a disaster.
[Nadar is on your Radar.]
Between this, the questionable elections and caucus's, and the Super-Delegates, you didn't REALLY think the Clinton's were going to leave it to those smelly VOTERS, did you?? I'm watching our 2008 dream slipping farther and farther away. But at least THIS TIME, I know EXACTLY who to blame for it....
[Oh, and don't forget to blame Unknown Jerome and his "consulting fees."]
Have I Gone COMPLETELY INSANE?? Or am I watching everything we've been blaming the Right for, FOR YEARS, playing out right in front of my eyes.... Stolen elections, strong-arm tactics, VERY Undemocratic Delegate theft, broad smears, race-baiting, blatant racism, the Politics of Division, Divide and Conquer, etc, etc.... We've called these "Right-Wing Tactics" for YEARS. But, we should have KNOWN that none of this would be above the Clinton's... I hope this awakens many from the fantasies they have have about these people... WE are supposed to be better than this. OBVIOUSLY, the Clinton's are not.
[Hmmm... I really need to increase the Kewpie Doll quota. ...Attention DUFU readers! This KOmmie thread goes on and on and on. I only DUFUed a small fraction of it so feel free to add yet more delicious KOmmie quotes demonstratng their angst over this power play by Hillary. This political firestorm is only just BEGINNING!]