There was no 'certification' since not even half of the 'caucus vote' totals were turned in. Some supposedly are still missing.
Much of this will be resolved in the county/SD conventions this Saturday.
Clinton's camp asked for a delay so that the TDP could complete the work they are required to do in order to validate the information they have as correct -- even as scarce as it is. State law prevented TDP from complying (though I suspect they wish they could).
There were widespread problems with the Texas Caucuses (delegates chosen who were not even registered to vote, much less voted in the primary --a requirement).
The length of the caucuses will be affected with all of the challenges (from both sides) that have been presented. If TDP had been able to postpone the County/SD Conventions, much of that would have been sorted out prior to Saturday.
Too bad... this may be the first 2 day County/SD convention in Texas History.
For goodness sake, it's Tony McPeak, who's claim to fame is limited to changing the Air Force's uniforms to more resemble those of airline pilots. The most telling part -- the Air Force changed the uniforms back as soon as he was gone.
During the 1990s, Air Force Chief of Staff General Merrill A. McPeak redesigned the service dress uniform to give it a more distinctive look. His redesign replaced the metal rank insignia for officers with silver braid on the sleeves, similar to the Navy's officer rank insignia. This was done in the traditions of the British Royal Air Force, and the Canadian Forces. The "McPeak uniform" was very unpopular, drawing comparisons to the jackets worn by airline pilots, and the traditional rank insignia were reinstated shortly after General McPeak's retirement in 1994.
As I said in my post... no one knows 'the outcome' and I hesitate to attribute motive to anyone. I could have written that "Obama doesn't want to allow TDP enough time to complete the process because he's afraid to lose delegates".
I didn't write that because I don't really care if one side or the other gains a delegate or two and I don't presume to KNOW what motivates either side -- I just know that the whole process is a shambles.
It could be that Clinton gets more delegates.... maybe Obama will.
TDP needs to take the time necessary to do their job. They only hired a database firm to BEGIN it yesterday.
The Clinton camp should be applauded and Obama's campaign should join them in demanding that they spend whatever time is necessary to insure voter integrity.
When delegates to the County Conventions are 'elected' who are not even registered voters -- much less registered in the precinct they're voting in -- it's a problem.
When supporters of one candidate or the other are locked out of the caucus site (so that the police had to be called) -- that's a problem.
When TDP has to issue legal directives in the middle of the afternoon for one campaign to stop collecting signatures (as though those people attended the caucus when it hasn't even happened yet) that['s a problem.
TDP's rules govern caucus proceedings. The Clinton camp has asked that they take the time to pay attention to them. Anything else is a travesty in the same vein of the Republicans' contention in 2000 that the 'rules' didn't matter.
I've supported verifiable paper trails since 2000. Since we have them in this caucus process, we should take the time to use them and not subvert the system in the name of expediency.