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The Democratic Convention starts next week, from Monday the 25th through Thursday the 28th. The mainstream media would have us believe that Barack Obama has the nomination sewn up, however, those of us who have actually read the rules know this to be untrue. There is no nominee until the votes are cast and unpledged delegate endorsements don't count until that time. Until then, there is still time to lean on Democratic leaders to nominate Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic Party standard-bearer going into the general election.

So, superdelegates, it's up to you; Ed Rendell is voting for Hillary, will the rest of you do the right thing and follow suit? Or, you could all keep going down your current path and try to force us to settle for Barack Obama, which will lead to a humiliating defeat at the hands of John McCain, the most boring republican since Bob Dole. Your choice, superdelegates.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

From the Colorado Independent:

Denver officials weren't planning to reveal details about where activists would be detained in the event of mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention until after the event had started, but those plans were quickly dashed this week when CBS 4News reporter Rick Sallinger not only revealed that protesters would be locked up in a city-owned warehouse, but he also obtained clear video footage inside the facility, a building that includes barbed wire-topped cages and signs warning of stun-gun use.

The convention jail is located in a warehouse northeast of Denver, and when Sallinger arrived unannounced with a camera crew to shoot the facility, the door was wide open, allowing the disturbing images of caged holding pens to be broadcast on TVs across the metro area:

Investigative reporter Rick Sallinger discovered the location and managed to get inside Tuesday for a look. The newly created lockup, in a warehouse northeast of Denver, contains dozens of metal cages made of chain-link fence material, topped by rolls of barbed wire.

Isn't it great to live in a free country?

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

I have been giving my DJ rig a work-out in preparation for a couple of weddings I've been booked for, scanning my political "blogroll" in-between song transitions. From that, I managed to yank a link to an editorial published today in the New York Sun. The jist: what if Obama keeps sinking like a stone in the polls and the superdelegates grow a spine and act on the buyer's remorse they must surely be feeling? An except:

Mr. McCain is running roughly even in the polls with the presumptive Democratic nominee, Mr. Obama, a time when he is supposed to be way ahead. In early August of 1988, Governor Dukakis was ahead of Vice President Bush by a wide margin. In early August of 2004, Senator Kerry was ahead of President Bush. If Mr. Obama doesn't have a big lead now, it could get pretty ugly for the Democrats as November approaches, the theory goes.

It will only get worse when Messrs. McCain and Obama face off in presidential debates. The public will discover that Mr. Obama, notwithstanding his reputation as a silver-tongued orator, is not that good a debater — which explains why he did his best to dodge debate invitations from Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain. Feature Mr. Obama's flubbering on the outbreak of war between Russia and Georgia.

Is all this enough to prompt Democratic super-delegates to re-think their allegiance to Mr. Obama and hand the nomination to Senator Clinton? If you count Michigan, Mrs. Clinton won the reported popular vote in the Democratic primaries and caucuses, 17.8 million to 17.5 million, and won many of the hotly contested big battleground states that the Democrats need to win in November — Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, New York, New Jersey, Florida. She won Massachusetts even after Senators Kennedy and Kerry endorsed Mr. Obama.

Take away the delegates Mr. Obama has by virtue of the endorsement of Senator Edwards, who has newly admitted deceiving the electorate about the adultery he committed while his wife lay stricken with cancer, and the delegate gap is even narrower. Even Mr. Obama doesn't have enough delegates to win the nomination without the super-delegates, so there wouldn't be anything terribly exceptional about the super-delegates putting her rather than him over the top.

I predict that, should events unfold with no change in their current path, the Democrats will lose in an embarrassing landslide this November. While small-minded and petty individuals will try to blame Hillary Clinton, the truth they will refuse to admit is that the fault will lie squarely on the shoulders of Barack Obama and the superdelegates who shoved him into the position of "presumptive nominee."

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I generally like to sleep in on weekends. However, Friday night I left my alarm set to go off at its usual time in order to attend the 2008 Democratic Platform Committee Meeting, as it was being held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. On the morning of Saturday, August 9th, my alarm clock began screeching as it usually does only on weekdays and I dragged my beleaguered carcass out of bed, made a pot of coffee and took a shower before heading out to catch a trolley headed downtown.

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There were two proposed ammendements to the Democratic Platform, numbered 93 and 102 which directly addressed voting issues in regards to the Democratic Primary. Ammendment 93 would have made it so that caucuses were scrapped in favour of primaries while ammendment 102 stated that there would be no geographical preferences giving one state a disproportionate delegate advantage over another. Both of these ammendments were struck down on a technicality (ruled out of order) - the only ammendments to suffer this fate - as not being under the juristiction of the Platform Committee. The Chair claimed that such matters were the domain of the Rules Committee.

This is neither a good day for the Democratic Party or Democracy. If the voice of the people is not to be heard, what matters the rest of the platform?

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

I have a few minutes to write a quick update since I finally managed to secure myself a wifi connection downtown. The Democratic Party is currently having their Platform Committee Meeting at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. I've looked through the draft of the party platform for 2008 and it looks good, however, there is nothing about reforming the primary process. Word has it that there is an amendment in play to get primary reform language into the document.

Suffice it to say that, thus far, there has been a lot of boring parliamentary procedure bantered about and little has changed in regards to the actual draft of the document (not that much of it needs to be changed, but primary reform is a big deal, seeing as how over half the party did not vote for Obama).

I get two hours of free wifi time on downtown Pittsburgh's network. I'll see if I can write anymore updates as the day wears on. I'll definitely write a full report when I get home this afternoon/evening.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

Freedom Corner is a monument at the intersections of Crawford Street and Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh. It was at this location where Democratic Committee Chairman Howard Dean decided to make his Western Pennsylvania stop for his "Register for Change" tour, in support of the candidacy of Barack Obama.

I decided to attend, not so much because I felt I would be convinced to support the presumptive democratic nominee, but because I wished to speak with Howard Dean directly and also I wanted to know if any other PUMAs would show up. Initially, everyone whom I spoke to seemed to be on the Obama bandwagon. For the sake of peace in the neighbourhood, I merely told anyone who asked that I was undecided.

As Dean began speaking, I noticed people holding signs outside of the barrier which had been erected to separate the event from the rest of the world. Upon them in marker were messages such as, "18 Million Voices Silenced" and "Uphold the Constitution." I knew immediately that these were the people I wanted to be speaking to, and went over to chat with them for the duration of Dean's speech. Frankly, I doubt I missed much by not tuning in to what Dean was saying as the overall message was the same spiel that party officials have been trying to convince us of since Hillary was kicked to the curb: we are a party united and we are going to win this! If only...

After Dean was done speaking, I positioned myself to "buttonhole" him. I waited patiently as he spoke to what seemed like every media outlet in the region. When they were done getting sound and video clips from him, I called out, "Chairman Dean!"

Shaking his hand, I told him that I wished to implore him to push primary election reform. At that point, I was expecting him to blow me off with a quick, "okay, sure" and move on, however, I was pleasantly surprised when he asked, "what would you like to see changed?"

I told him that the caucuses should be scraped in favour of closed primaries for all states. All of these primaries should be tallied as one person to one vote - no exceptions (this means that delegate counts would not be inflated for certain areas based on demographics). He agreed with me about ending the caucuses in favour of primaries, but said that he believed that thoroughly closed primaries were a bad idea; while I believe that only registered Democrats should be allowed to vote in Democratic primaries, Dean favours allowing independents/decline to state voters a voice as well (albeit, members of other parties would not be allowed to vote in Democratic Primaries unless they changed their registration beforehand).

Overall, I found Howard Dean quite personable and was impressed that he allowed me the one on one time to speak my mind about something I'm sure he's been hearing from at least some people at every campaign stop. It was a very good gesture on his part and hopefully we will actually see some reform in the process. Still, I remain unimpressed and unmoved regarding Obama. As such...


illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

This year's democratic primary has been a complete and total clusterfuck. The way the party has comported itself in forcing the nomination of Barack Obama has been totally disgraceful. However, certain people were far more intrinsic to this travesty than others. Wouldn't it be nice to serve up a little revenge?

Superdelegate Donna Brazile has been one of the most odious people to ever involve herself with the so-called democratic party. Throughout the primary, she claimed neutrality while obviously backing Obama. Furthermore, she has treated those who disagree with her with total disregard and disrespect, even going so far as to be one of the first and loudest voices claiming that the democratic party no longer needed certain voting blocks.

She also claimed that if the nomination was decided by superdelegates (which it effectively has been, as an Obama nomination is an overturning of popular vote totals), she would resign her superdelegate status. Donna Brazile has not followed through on her "promise," so don't you think something should be done to hold her to it?

The Confluence has posted instructions for challenging the status of a superdelegate. I am reprinting those instructions here. Effectively, anyone can call for a superdelegate to be stripped of their status by doing the following:

  1. Write a certified/return receipt requested letter to the DNC demanding a meeting of the RBC conference to strip Donna Brazile of her Super Delegate status.
  2. Have the letter notarized
  3. Send to this address:
    Democratic National Committee
    Credentials Committee
    Attention: Alexis Herman
    430 S. Capitol St. SE, 2nd Floor
    Washington, DC 20003

It is currently claimed that over 70 letters have already been sent. Who's with me in pushing that number into the triple, if not quadruple digits?


illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

This is a film currently in production about how Barack Obama stole the Democratic nomination:


illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

You know, I'm not the only "dead-ender" who refuses to support the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, Barack Obama. Here is, in my opinion, the crème de la crème of webloggers who aren't feeling the unity:

Anglachel's Journal - non-daily, but usually lengthy, well-thought out posts regarding current political events.

Cannonfire - Joseph Cannon voted for Obama in the California primary, but has since become disenchanted.

Corrente - "Boldly shrill from the side-by-side wing chairs of the mighty Corrente Building."

No Quarter - "Tired of Spin? Larry Johnson offers no quarter on issues of your security." A national security weblog, that has become vehemently anti-Obama.

Reclusive Leftist - "Feminism, politics, and random pedantry with your host, Dr. Violet Socks."

Riverdaughter's The Confluence - Originally for Kossacks in exile, this is now a place for Democrats in exile and one of the seeds from which the PUMA Movement began to grow.


illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

When I registered as a Democrat nearly a decade ago, my mother said that I had only done it to annoy her (she is - or was - a registered republican). I don't know if I said or thought it (I don't recall being smacked, so it was probably a thought), but my retort was, "no - that's merely frosting." In 1998, when I turned 18 and mailed in my voter registration for St. Lawrence County in Northern New York, Bill Clinton was in his second term. I barely remember Ronald Reagan - he's more of a symbol to me than anything else - but I did remember the Bush I years and how upset I was over the Gulf War. Most of my political "experience" was via what I had read in history textbooks, but what stuck with me was this: throughout history, good things happened when Democrats and progressives were in office (i.e.: Franklin Roosevelt) while bad things happened when republicans and conservatives were in office (i.e.: Richard Nixon).

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