Tell Russert; No nominee before the vote!
by itsadryheat, Sat May 17, 2008 at 05:32:28 PM EDT
We should explain to Russert and Matthews and George and Wolf and Keith and Gloria and David and Alex and Suzanne and Paul and Rachel and Sean and Bill and George and Candy and Tom and Brian and Shepherd and Contessa and Lawrence and Nora and John and Chuck and Ben and Roland and Donna and all of the rest of the people on TV who will be teaching America over the next three days what's happening and what it means! They need to be hearing how we feel about their dismissal of our votes and their misrepresentations about our process (some from Donna Brazile, Howard Dean and Paul Begalia.) We need to change their ridiculous, stale and uninformed talking heads' talking points. They reach some of the voters we need to win. Don't let them turn those voters off with this misinformation campaign. (Their chatter was so out of date last week that nobody even seem to notice the startling data in the exit polls; they just dismissed West Virginians as insignificant, old, undereducated, poor as though they were dismissable to Democrats and as though that was who the data said were voting! Embarrassing for them and important for the party not to associate with or condone that behavior.
The RULZ of nominations are that as long as there are two or more candidates, the nominee is declared after the official convention vote of the people elligible.
To win, the candidate needs one half, plus one,votes of the delegates credentialled and seated at the convention, cast by secret ballot, reported in live outcry by the state delegation, counted, recorded and confirmed by the Secretary of the Party in the presence of the entire convention delegation. THEN the magic number of majority is applied and the convention knows its' nominee. If no one reaches the majority, the vote is called on the Second Ballot, and on till somebody reaches the majority vote, counted and confirmed. THEN we have a nominee.
The only person who can declare himself the nominee before then is presumptuous, at the very least. And it certainly cannot be done by the media, even if the media person is as presumptuous as Tim Russett.
We do not even know yet how many delegates will be credentialled to sit at the convention, pledged, super or otherwise.
And nobody even agrees on the number of delegates assumed to go for one candidate or the other. Different news services have different counts. The credentialing proces can last til August. Delegates won in Nevada by Clinton have been pushed out by Obama supporters at the state convention. Some delegates elected months ago now have buyers's remorse.(Considering what the election looked like four month ago, one can assume it could look a lot diffenert four months from now.)
There are serious unresloved issues of improper voting in several of the caucues so that delegates may be challenged in the credentials committee and some other issues challenged in the rules and Bylaws Committee. And the results of the committee decisions can be appealed all the way to the floor of the convention for a convention vote.
So we will not know the number of votes needed by the nominee until August. Any party leader who goes on TV and fails to correct press assumptions about the nomination does the party a disservice. Any media person who pretends that this part of the RULZ is not a standard reality in rules for nominations in many organizations is misleading their viewers.
We should be spending the summer as a party working on trying to sort out all of the challenges, holding re votes or voter verifcation actions in questionable areas and trying to find justice in the ways we resolve them, no matter which candidate the resolutions favor. When the process can't be fixed, we need to adjust through committee on the side of fairness and justice.
If the members and the voters see the party making a real honest effort to fix the things so obviously unfair, some of the damage done by the gross mishandling of the party leaders can be overcome before the election. Only then will the convention look to the country like something named after democracy.
We need to address the talking heads and the people covering Senator Obama's Tuesday night announcement and claim, however he states them, so that they will not misrepresent his claim or its' validity or half of the primary voters will be outraged and the rank and file Democratic general election voters who have yet to name their choice will likely want nothing to do with us in the fall.
Thanks to some poor choices by the Obama people and the press, it is looking to more and more voters like Obama is not winning legitimately and like something is being stollen from Clinton.
If he is such a shoo in, why risk alienating so many voters by this boorish, bulling behavior. Where's the unifyier, the mathematical cinch, the most electible with the new coalition governed by the new politics?
If he does this, he will have to ring less true to the lofty rhetoric, more arrogantly imperial and truely self-centered elitist with more and more of the people. If the Obama people are not concerned with how these choices portray Senator Obama, especially after the horrendous defeat in West Virginia and the Edwards upstaging fiasco, then the rest of us need to get concerned about why the Obama campaign needs to take such risks and has no room to behave in an admirable manner, more in keeping with the campaign rhetoric, the image they want to project of their candidate and their cause.
And why won't the Obama campaign act in a less self-agrandizing, more legitimate way, less damaging to the party and our chances to win the White House? What is so frightening, so urgently looming that you can't behave more appropriately and more in character with a person who wants to be our Democrat in the White House...and wants the votes of all of the people it would take for you to get there. This is unseemly and disturbing. It is costing the party in ways we can't measure until it is too late.
We need to contact all of the talking heads we can think of to try to set them straight about the real nomination process and our views of the coverage and quality of information. And we need to contact Senator Obama's people and encourage them to think better of staging this ill-advised power grab Tuesday.
Go ahead and campaign enthusiastically, but don't misbehave and hurt the party and our general election chances with these antics. Support a healthy contest that looks democratic.
A lot of us are very interested in a very strong down ticket in the Congress and state houses and issue votes. We need to attract a strong turnout of enthusiastic support. We don't get that by employing behaviors that look to the voters like bullying, injustice and elitism.