Terry McAuliffe in 2004: Michigan can't be allowed to break the rules and move their primary.

I learned today from Kos that in 2004 Terry McAuliffe threatened Michigan with not seating at least half their delegates if they moved their primary date without DNC consent.

What follows is taken directly from McAuliffe's own book describing a meeting with Michigan Senator Carl Levin regarding the matter.

From McAuliffe's own book:

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They thought I was bluffing. But it was my responsibility as chairman to take action for the good of the party, and taking away half their delegates was well within my authority.  Now all the presidential candidates were upset.  They were getting calls from Iowa and New Hampshire asking them to pledge to come to their states no matter what Michigan did, putting the candidates in an impossible position.  The whole primary calendar was in danger of spinning out of control.  The candidates kept calling me and asking what was happening with the schedule, and I made it clear that I was not going to let Michigan throw the entire process out of whack.  Finally I'd had enough and scheduled a meeting in Carl's Senate office for April 2 to settle this once and for all.

As I was escorted into Carl's office with my staff, Debbie Dingell and Carl's chief of staff, David Lyles, were already sitting there waiting with Carl.  Sparks flew when I sad down with Phil McNamara and Josh Wachs and immediately complained about all the leaks to the press, which led to finger-jabbing and shouting back and forth between various people in the meeting.  Soon, Carl and I were going at it.
    "I'm going outside the primary window," he told me definitively.
    "If I allow you to do that, the whole system collapses," I said. "We will have chaos.  I let you make the case to the DNC, and we voted unanimously and you lost."
    He kept insisting that they were going to move Michigan up on their own, even though if they did that, they would lose half their delegates.  By that point Carl and I were leaning toward each other over a table in the middle of the room, shouting and dropping the occasional expletive.
    "You won't deny us seats at the convention," he said.
    "Carl, take it to the bank," I said. "They will not get a credential.  The closest they'll get to Boston will be watching it on television.  I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state.  The rules are the rules.  If you want to call my bluff, Carl, you go ahead and do it."
    We glared at each other some more, but there was nothing much left to say. I was holding all the cards and Levin knew it.
    "Well, that was a good meeting," I told my shell-shocked staff on the way out of Carl's office.

[Source: McAuliffe, Terry. "What A Party!", pp. 324, 325.]
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McAuliffe is an astounding hypocrite. I guess he only believes in following the rules when he is the one setting them, enforcing them, and benefiting from them.

I particularly like this incredibly callous comment by McAuliffe:

"Carl, take it to the bank," I said. "They will not get a credential.  The closest they'll get to Boston will be watching it on television.  I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state.  The rules are the rules.  If you want to call my bluff, Carl, you go ahead and do it."

Full Disclosure: None of this is my original research.  I was astounded to see this on Kos today, and had not found cross posting of this here on MyDD so far. You can see Kos's original post here: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/4 /25/165935/668/909/503541

I apologize if someone has already posted it to MyDD, and I give 100% full credit to Kos (who also credits Mark Nickolas for finding this material in Terry McAuliffe's own book.) I will say that I was able to cross reference this and read it myself in McAuliffe's book.

Tags: clinton, credentials, delegates, Florida, McAuliffe, Michigan, obama, Rules, Terry McAuliffe (all tags)

Comments

8 Comments

Re: Lets not even go there Donna, Jesse, Daley

If I were the Obama camp, I wouldn't even go there.

We can all drive thru the memory lane of 2000 in Florida,
"Tons & tons of democrats led by Donna Brazile, Richard Daley, Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Al Sharpton ALL demanded in 2000 that ALL votes should count.
Every voter who had the intent to vote for Gore or Bush should count. No voter should ever be disenfranschised."

Fastforward 2008, Every single on of these so called democratic leaders are AGAINST the counting of votes in FL & MI.

Brazile even threatening to resign if FL & MI votes are counted. While Sharpton promising a lawsuit & a black boycott in November if FL & MI votes are counted. PLEEAASSSEEE!

lets not even go there. All these people are Hypocrites! All Politicians!

All these people are POLITICIANS ! Remember that.

Democrat or Republican. Same sh_t. All politicians.

by labanman 2008-04-26 01:07AM | 0 recs
Donna threathened to resign?

that a;one is reason enougn to count those states.  Please count them!!@!!

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-26 03:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Lets not even go y

That situation was NOTHING like this. You have to know that - I don't believe you are serious. You use the slogan "count every vote" the same as we used in 2000 so that makes it the same? If you need it explained to you why this is different just say so and I will but it's hard to believe that would be necessary.

by Becky G 2008-04-26 05:18AM | 0 recs
McAuliffe isn't a hypocrite

McAuliffe isn't a hypocrite in my view, he is being paid by Senator Clinton to run her campaign so he is the best advocate for her that he can be, that's his job.

The important factor here is that Michigan has tried to game the system before and have been threatened with sanctions before. Howard Dean can hardly be blamed for this situation. He is doing the best he can for the sanity of the nominating process and took the same steps a previous Chairman took.

by Obama Independent 2008-04-26 01:08AM | 0 recs
Re: McAuliffe isn't a hypocrite

I don't think he's being paid.  In an interview from last year he made it clear that he wasn't.

by juliewolf 2008-04-26 03:51AM | 0 recs
Key Sentence From This Diary...

..."He [Carl Levin] kept insisting that they were going to move Michigan up on their own, even though if they did that, they would lose half their delegates."

Nowhere did Terry McAuliffe advocate for Michigan to lose ALL of its delegates, just half.

That's the difference.

by Andre Walker 2008-04-26 01:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Key Sentence From This Diary...

OK give them half after the do-over in June.

by parahammer 2008-04-26 02:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Key Sentence From This Diary...

The point is that everyone knew the rules well before Michigan chose to break them. Are you suggesting that both campaigns ignore any rule they find unacceptable? That's anarchy.

In the end, after the nominee is decided, both Michigan and Florida will be seated. If you want different rules in the future, so be it. But then be willing to accept them without any whining.

by tharr 2008-04-26 04:47AM | 0 recs

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