Democratic voices

In the wake of yesterday’s decision by a committee of the Democratic Party to give Michigan and Florida delegates each one-half vote at the national convention in Denver this August, some supporters of Lady Macbeth are a wee bit unhappy:


And another has bruises on her arm to go with those on her soul:


Nor were Clinton campaign officials overjoyed with the outcome:

But it was the Michigan plan, approved by a 19 to 8 vote, that drew sharper opposition because of the way that state’s delegates will be awarded. Under the plan, Clinton will be given 34.5 delegate votes in Denver to Obama’s 29.5 delegate votes, a percentage distribution recommended by leaders of the Michigan Democratic Party but opposed by the Clinton campaign officials, who said it violates the results of Michigan’s Jan. 15 primary.

"This motion will hijack — hijack — remove four delegates won by Hillary Clinton," said Harold Ickes, who oversees delegate operations for the Clinton campaign and is also a member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee. "This body of 30 individuals has decided that they’re going to substitute their judgment for 600,000 voters."

Arguing that the Michigan compromise "is not a good way to start down the path of party unity," Ickes warned that Clinton had authorized him to note that she will "reserve her rights to take it to the credentials committee" later. Campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson later affirmed that Clinton will reserve her right to challenge the outcome.

And the anger wasn’t just inside the meeting hall:

The Democratic Party risks the defection of many supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton unless it settles the Florida and Michigan primary fracas to their satisfaction, said protesters at pro-Clinton rallies in Washington yesterday.

"I refuse to be associated with a party that is stupid, self-destructive and undemocratic, and now, I’m beginning to realize, is misogynistic," said Norma Broude, an American University professor who was among more than 1,000 Clinton supporters at a "count the vote" rally at Rock Creek Park.

Friend and fellow American University professor Mary Garrard agreed, saying that she will not vote for Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Sen. Barack Obama, if he receives the party’s presidential nomination.

"The Democratic Party has disdained the female demographic, they have demeaned Hillary Clinton, and this time we’re not going to roll over," Ms. Garrard said.

Now, will all Hillary’s backers stay home or vote for McCain? No, I’m sure most will calm down and reconcile themselves to what’s happened. But, to that (hopefully large) inconsolable core of truly angry Democrats, I join Steve in Tennessee with these words of advice: Fight on to Denver, my friends! And if that doesn’t work, third party!


LINKS: Ed Morrissey thinks today’s vote in Puerto Rico changes nothing about the coming Demoratic donnybrook in Denver and beyond. He’s right, but it will still add to the fun. Sister Toldjah thinks the next five months will be bumpy for both parties.

3 Responses to Democratic voices

  1. Steve in TN says:

    We should all become feminists and sign that petition! These boots were made for Walkin, Sister!

  2. Steve in TN says:

    It gets Better!
    Reporter: “Would you sit out [the election]?”
    Our Sister: “No, I’m voting McCain! Are you KIDDING me? Obama’s not getting in the White House! I’m not an idiot. When you tell me that much bad news about someone, I start to panic. Suddenly it’s no longer about being a Democrat. It’s about being an American. It’s about preserving the United States of America.”
    TeeHee… 😀

  3. John H. (Shikoku) says:

    You would think that with the Dems’ would pay more attention to who wins Florida considering their past luck with the state in the 2000 election.
    That’s great that Obama can win a bunch of states in the bread belt, but it does nothing for him in the general election when they all swing red anyway. Sure the black vote counts for something, but I’m sure those in the South who cling to their guns and religion won’t be too happy voting for him, perhaps giving the black demographic a run for its money.
    Of course, in the case that Clinton get the nomination black and elitist voters wouldn’t be too happy either. The Dems sure put themselves in a lovely situation for September.

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