Although there is a lot of talk about togetherness and unity, I’m not seeing it. I’m not seeing anything close. I keep hearing that WWF guy yelling, “Let’s get ready to rumble!!!” The evidence is clear for those who want to see. Senator Hillary Clinton’s scorched earth policy is making it impossible. She has her supporters believing in an impossibility.
Here’s Ickes’ statement after the Rules Committee hearing yesterday. You tell me if this sounds like the party would like to sit down for a lovefest:
Today’s results are a victory for the people of Florida who will have a voice in selecting our Party’s nominee and will see its delegates seated at our party’s convention. The decision by the Rules and Bylaws Committee honors the votes that were cast by the people of Florida and allocates the delegates accordingly.
We strongly object to the Committee’s decision to undercut its own rules in seating Michigan’s delegates without reflecting the votes of the people of Michigan.
The Committee awarded to Senator Obama not only the delegates won by Uncommitted, but four of the delegates won by Senator Clinton. This decision violates the bedrock principles of our democracy and our Party.
We reserve the right to challenge this decision before the Credentials Committee and appeal for a fair allocation of Michigan’s delegates that actually reflect the votes as they were cast.
Party unity? Hardly.
TCR posted some interesting stuff from Clinton supporters who went to Washington D.C. to rally. First of all, rally for what? It has been clear for over month that all of the delegates would not be seated with a full vote from Florida or Michigan. So, what were they there in D.C. for?
TNR’s Eve Fairbanks reports from D.C.:
Howard Dean may hope that the “healing will begin today,” but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting right now to try to figure out Florida and Michigan, the Hillary protesters are occupying an utterly alternate (and healing-free) universe: a universe in which one of the big lawn rally’s speakers yells that the Democratic Party no longer is in the business of “promoting equality and fairness for all”; in which a Hillary supporter with two poodles shouts, “Howard Dean is a leftist freak!”; in which a man exhibits a sign that reads “At least slaves were counted as 3/5ths a Citizen” and shows Dean whipping handcuffed people; and in which Larry Sinclair, the Minnesota man who took to YouTube to allege that Barack Obama had oral sex with him in the back of a limousine in 1999, is one of the belles of the ball.
“They almost made me cry this morning when they told me to get out of there,” the blond Sinclair–who’s looking roly-poly and giddy in a blue-and-white striped shirt with a pack of Marlboros protruding from the breast pocket–says, referring to several nervous protest organizers who tried to evict him when he first showed up at the rally site early this morning carrying a box of “Obama’s DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: Murder, Drugs, Gay Sex” fliers. Since then, though, he goes on, “I have been totally surprised by the reception I have received!”
He’s not kidding. Clusters of people in Hillary shirts ask to take their photo with him, one woman covered in Clinton buttons introduces him to Greta Van Susteren, and he estimates he has handed out 500 fliers. “You could improve your credibility if you downplayed the gay sex and focused on the drugs,” sagely advises one Hillary supporter with auburn hair and elegant makeup. But in this universe, Sinclair’s credibility doesn’t seem to be suffering too much. In fact, he’s treated nearly as well as he might be at a meeting of the Vast Right-wing Conspiracy.
Hillary Clinton has said, on multiple occasions, that she will work her heart out for the Democratic ticket this year, whether she’s on it or not. I have every reason to believe she means it, and will follow through on her commitment.
But I get the sense some of her supporters are going to need more convincing than others.
Finally, I bring you raw Clinton supporters themselves. These are comments from her blog yesterday.
- Hillary. I am a Michigan voter and i want you to take this to the Credentials Committee. We will stand behind you all the way. You stand up for us and we will for you in whatever way you need! Thank you Hillary Clinton!
- I agree, I have sent back every request for donations telling the DNC “NOT ONE DIME UNTIL MY VOTE GETS COUNTED, MY MONEY WILL AND IS GOING TO HILLARY CLINTON” Matter of fact I have not even put my own stamp on it as they have requested to save them money. I want a full vote counted, not a half vote. Hillary has stood for my vote and every vote to be counted………by Frank in Florida at 5/31/2008 10:12:42 PM
- I second that emotion. It’s time we built our own Party. by 1972jerseydem at 6/1/2008 12:32:10 AM
- Just donated $100.00 ——— All the way to Denver Hillary. We are behind you and will help you raise the money needed this summer. Go Hillary! Voting is the right no one should take away. DNC we are disappointed in you! Do the right thing. by dawgsforclinton at 5/31/2008 11:57:34 PM
- Me too! Rise, Hillary, Rise, You can Rise above all of this as well! God is preparing you for what is to come in the Presidency and you will be able to withstand it all! Jean from Michigan
- I’m just back from D.C.and I’m a bit tired and wired. My voice is hoarse from all the shouting, “COUNT ALL THE VOTES, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, 50 STATES NOT 48, NO FLORIDA—NO WHITE HOUSE, NO MICHIGAN—NO WHITE HOUSE, SHAME ON YOU DEAN…PELOSI…BRAZILE… and so much more.” As I read your comments on the other blog it is apparent that democracy has temporarily taken a back seat to another round of abuse of power, money, and words, BUT since democracy has Hill and Hill has us there is HOPE for another day!! Let our power of determination be an irrestistable force. Calm and steady, focus on our goal (Hill Blinders on) and get to work calling, donating and blogging tomorrow. We have states to win. Hill will win the SD, BO will take a big stumble in the home stretch and Hill will cross the finish line first. (This is not over until the lady in the pantsuit says it is and she’s in it to win:) Ahhh Denver here we come!!! Love you Hill, stay strong, stay focused, this one is yours–#44 by Pennsylvanian4Hill at 5/31/2008 9:48:44 PM
This is just a sample. There are over 400 more comments. We aren’t coming together. Clinton has her supporter believing in the impossible. I think that she has a better chance of bringing peace to the Middle East by Thursday than getting the nomination. So, let’s get ready to rumble.