...the comment thread on the impact of potential Obama administration national security appointments on the future of international nuclear non-proliferation negotiations. It must be around here somewhere...
We attended one dinner on Thursday evening with friends who had volunteered for various campaigns in our area. There were no republicans present.
On Friday night we attended a larger gathering at the invitation of the Democratic patriarch of a clan that included several republicans. No one went out of their way to talk politics - if anyone did it was a quiet side conversation with a like-minded individual. For the most part it was kids, food, family, health, and board games. Though, the sister-in-law of the patriarch had gone shopping earlier in the day with her teen-aged granddaughter. They returned to the dinner - both sporting peace sign earrings.
...I'm appalled to see the level of immaturity here and wonder how you conduct yourself in real life and in your jobs. You can slap each other on the back for stooping to the level of the very diarist you love to complain about...
...After the Republican National Convention, Richard Nixon had made a promise to campaign in all fifty states. Unfortunately, a knee infection sidelined the candidate for two weeks. Instead of following the advice of friends, he struck out on the grueling stretch in less than perfect health....
g....Individuals nominated from the floor for National Convention delegate must also have been on the list of delegate candidates approved by the presidential candidates...
Or, from page 12:
...1. Presidential Candidate Right of Review for District-Level Delegates and Alternates
a. The State Democratic Chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate's authorized representative(s), not later than March 21, 2008), a list of all persons who have filed for delegate or alternate pledged to that presidential candidate. (Rules 12.D. & 12.F.)
b. Each presidential candidate, or that candidate's authorized representative(s), must then file with the State Democratic Chair by March 24, 2008, a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, provided that approval be given to at least three (3) times the number of candidates for delegate men and three (3) times the number of candidates for delegate women, and three (3) times the number of candidates for alternate men and three (3) times the number of alternate women to be selected. (Rule 12.E.(1), Reg. 4.23.)
c. Failure to respond will be deemed approval of all delegate and alternate candidates submitted to the presidential candidate unless the presidential candidate, or the authorized representative(s), signifies otherwise in writing to the State Democratic Chair not later than March 24, 2008.
d. National convention delegate and alternate candidates removed from the list of bona fide supporters by a presidential candidate, or that candidate's authorized representative(s), may not be elected as a delegate or alternate at that level pledged to that presidential candidate (including uncommitted status). (Rule 12.E. & Reg. 4.23.)...
[see also, page 15, 3. a., b., c. for PLEO delegates and page 17, 3. a., b., c. for at large delegates]
Uh, because candidates don't want somebody else's supporters getting elected as their delegates and then switching their votes on the first ballot, because, well, delegates are not actually "bound" to vote for anyone [page 26]:
...F. Delegates elected to the national convention pledged to a presidential candidate shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them. (Rule 12.J.)
So, if I were a presidential candidate and I was in a tight race for the nomination where neither candidate was going to have the majority needed for the nomination on the first ballot I'd make damn sure the people running for my delegate slots were bona fide supporters. That's how it works.
What's hysterical in this particular discussion is the parsing going on about "there are too many people running so they had to cut the numbers".
People run and get elected. If they're bona fide supporters, they're bona fide supporters. They'll either get elected, or they won't. The people who are actually doing the electing (after the approval of the list by the candidate) get to decide if somebody is worthy of being a delegate or not. It doesn't matter if there are 200 people for every slot or three. You stand for election and you win or lose.
Read the freakin' rules. The candidates did, and they're playing hard ball. Though it appears one candidate's campaign has generated a little cognitive dissonance amongst their supporters with their actions.
If this kind of hand wringing rationalization is indicative of what will go on from August to November on the part of any Democrat's campaign, we're doomed.
To repeat what someone else said upstream, I've already spent too much time on this diary.
...spent a few days sketching out a diary on how Obama or Clinton could win 270 electoral votes in November, researched the points I was making, found the math and evidence to support it...
Okay, so how does that really help down ticket candidates?
Have you found a statewide or local candidate you can support? If so, are you helping them raise money and helping them contact new supporters? Have you sponsored a house party for them to introduce that statewide or local candidate to your neighbors? Have you run the computer and printer and created the fundraising mailings? Have you stuffed the envelopes? Have you stamped those envelopes? Do you have a skill that might benefit that statewide or local candidate? Can you type really fast? Do you know accounting procedures like the back of your hand? Are you good at organizing a whole bunch of people? Can you talk and read a phone script?
If your answer to any of the above and more is "Yes!" I guarantee you that some statewide candidate and/or local candidate will greet you with open arms if you show up to help.
If your answer is "no" that's okay, too. You can continue to occupy space and waste bandwidth here like so many others.
As for MyDD and what it has been, what it is, at what it will become? Be the blog, grasshopper.
Uh, all delegates are not bound to vote a particular way on any ballot. That's one of the reasons campaigns have the right to approve [pdf] individuals running for delegate slots.
12. D. Prior to the selection of national convention delegates and alternates, the state party shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate's authorized representative(s), a list of all persons who have filed for delegate or alternate positions pledged to that presidential candidate. All such delegate and alternate candidates shall be considered bona fide supporters of the presidential candidate whom they have pledged to support, unless the presidential candidate, or that candidate's authorized representative(s), signifies otherwise in writing to the state party by a date certain as specified in the state's Delegate Selection Plan.
Getting back to elected delegates:
12. J. Delegates elected to the national convention pledged to a presidential candidate shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them.
Think of 12.J. as the "Whoops! A funny thing happened on the long road to the convention..." clause. They'll just have to explain why they did so when they get back home.