redefining disenfranchisement

Why is the head of the NAACP seeking to undermine Barack Obama? The timing of Julian Bond’s letter to DNC chair Howard Dean on behalf of unseated party delegates in Michigan and Florida is suspicious.

In a Feb. 8 letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, NAACP chairman Julian Bond expressed “great concern at the prospect that million of voters in Michigan and Florida could ultimately have their votes completely discounted.” Refusing to seat the states’ delegations could remind voters of the “sordid history of racially discriminatory primaries,” he said.

Why did Bond wait until now to air his concerns, at a time when the superdelegates appear crucial to Hillbot’s political survival? The decision to unseat was made last summer, and each of the major candidates pledged not to campaign in those states.

Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean was quoted by the St. Petersburg Times in June 2007 saying: “Their primary essentially won’t count…Anybody who campaigns in Florida is ineligible for delegates.”

Barack Obama and John Edwards withdrew their names from the ballot in Michigan, leaving only Clinton and several minor candidates in the race. Clinton won the Jan. 17 primary with 55 percent over “uncommitted” which received 40 percent of the vote.

Clinton also won the Jan. 30 Florida Primary, with 50 percent of the vote to Obama’s 33 percent.

As a veteran of the civil rights movement, Bond is all too familiar with voter disenfranchisement. But how can he argue in favor of letting the Michigan results stand when the candidate favored by more than 80 percent of African-Americans wasn’t on the ballot? If anything, the NAACP should request a do-over.

Instead, Bond — who has not publicly endorsed a candidate — is allowing himself to be used by the Clintons, recasting a shameless power grab into a civil rights issue. Hillary has pledged to fight to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates (note how she only sticks to the promises that benefit her campaign) and Bond’s letter is obviously part of her strategy.

We know the Clintons have no integrity. Now we have to wonder if the same must be said about the NAACP’s current chairman.

those who live by the cliche, die by the cliche

I’m counting on the chickens coming home to roost. The Clintons, never ones to eschew hollow platitudes, may finally be getting their comeuppance.

No doubt they’ll twist every arm and challenge every rule to win the delegate count (their surrogates admit as much). One analyst thinks their methods will finally backfire:

Top Democrats, including some inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign, say many party leaders — the so-called superdelegates — won’t hesitate to ditch the former New York senator for Barack Obama if her political problems persist. Their loyalty to the first couple is built on shaky ground …

Few Democrats want to cross the Clintons when they’re on top. But how many are willing to stand by them when they’re down?

*A most revealing anecdote from Ron Fournier’s piece, linked above:

Some are folks who owe the Clintons a favor but still feel betrayed or taken for granted. Could that be why Bill Richardson, a former U.N. secretary and energy secretary in the Clinton administration, refused to endorse her even after an angry call from the former president? “What,” Bill Clinton reportedly asked Richardson, “isn’t two Cabinet posts enough?”

school on sunday

The Clintons claim the media is out to get them, yet it’s been widely underreported that Hillary didn’t congratulate Obama after his sweep of the Potomac Primaries. She showed a similar lack of class over the weekend, ignoring her opponent’s victories in Louisiana, Washington and Nebraska.

How do Clinton lackeys rationalize such an utter lack of class?

school on sunday

The Clintons claim the media is out to get them, yet it’s been widely underreported that Hillary didn’t congratulate Obama after his sweep of the Potomac Primaries. She showed a similar lack of class over the weekend, ignoring her opponent’s victories in Louisiana, Washington and Nebraska.

How do Clinton lackeys rationalize such an utter lack of class?

one last loop

In the month since Iowa held its caucus, I’ve been up

Obama vs. McCain — it might actually happen. How refreshing would it be to choose between two truly decent candidates, neither of whom is grounded in the politics of petty partisanship? I typically resist such unguarded optimism, but, for one night at least, the future looks bright. I’ll savor it while I can.

and I’ve been down:

Time to face facts and fuck optimism: We’re stuck with Hillbot and Romneytron 3000 (tip of the cap to Al Kosa). The pod people have won.

We’ll either have a president so white he makes George W. look like Rollo from “Sanford and Son” or one that could teach The Marquise de Merteuil a thing or 2,000 about (the politics of, to coin a cliche) personal destruction.

Only in America.

Score one for optimism. After tonight, it’s soaring.

In the Chesapeake Rout, according to exit polls in Maryland, Obama won: Latino Voters By Six Points: 53-47 All Religions (Including Catholics) All Age Groups (Including Seniors) All Regions All Education Levels And Women by TWENTY ONE POINTS

Never count the Clintons out, we’re told, but conventional wisdom is so 2007.

one last loop

In the month since Iowa held its caucus, I’ve been up

Obama vs. McCain — it might actually happen. How refreshing would it be to choose between two truly decent candidates, neither of whom is grounded in the politics of petty partisanship? I typically resist such unguarded optimism, but, for one night at least, the future looks bright. I’ll savor it while I can.

and I’ve been down:

Time to face facts and fuck optimism: We’re stuck with Hillbot and Romneytron 3000 (tip of the cap to Al Kosa). The pod people have won.

We’ll either have a president so white he makes George W. look like Rollo from "Sanford and Son" or one that could teach The Marquise de Merteuil a thing or 2,000 about (the politics of, to coin a cliche) personal destruction.

Only in America.

Score one for optimism. After tonight, it’s soaring.

In the Chesapeake Rout, according to exit polls in Maryland, Obama won: Latino Voters By Six Points: 53-47 All Religions (Including Catholics) All Age Groups (Including Seniors) All Regions All Education Levels And Women by TWENTY ONE POINTS

Never count the Clintons out, we’re told, but conventional wisdom is so 2007.