Join Me

Fellow Hillary supporters!

Make your feelings known to the DNC about the nominating process by writing an actual letter and posting it in the mail to the DNC. Here's what I wrote:

Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

SUBJECT: Hillary Clinton Is My Choice

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is X, and I am a lowly and humble member of the Party here in California. I am a Hillary Clinton supporter. I have been devastated by the results of the primary for my chosen candidate, as we have witnessed a woman win the critical primaries of New Hampshire, Nevada, Florida, Michigan, California, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania and still be denied the nomination because of arcane rules of delegate apportionment and the unfair structuring of the nominating calendar. The resolve and the dedication of we her supporters are unrivaled from Main Street to the Information Superhighway, as Soccer Moms and Hillary's Bloggers alike have taken to support a woman whose centrist politics and clear thinking are a triumph of the Women's Movement.

I am a 28-year-old African American male, so I fit the perfect mold of a Barack Obama supporter. But I have come to understand in my adult life that ideas are more important than identity politics. And in my mind, Hillary does the best job of any Democrat of presenting to a skeptical electorate the issues that are important to me and others in our Party: affirmative action, women's reproductive rights, labor issues, LGBT issues, education issues, kitchen table economics and national security. This is one of the closest nominating fights in modern political history, and I don't think that one side can discount the other out of a sense of political expediency or simply that the other half of the Party "just didn't get it."

We are at a crossroads. And my question to you is: with everything that is at stake, are we going to risk another close Electoral College loss or do we want a guaranteed win with Hillary Clinton?

If we let our feelings be known, there's no way we will be denied.

Tags: 2008 elections, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, president (all tags)



Do you really think that begging

the party to overturn an election is going to help?

by Travis Stark 2008-05-16 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Do you really think that begging

This might go over as well as the email the Super D's debacle.

by spacemanspiff 2008-05-16 02:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Join Me

Are you so sure she can win? When was the last time she had ANY negative press on her merits as a candidate?

by Falsehood 2008-05-16 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Join Me

ehmm .

maybe everyday .

by lori 2008-05-16 02:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Join Me

Nah. The GOP intentionally didn't attack her with her baggage and other than her blatant Tuzla fabrication they've just been snotty to her not actively undermining her.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-16 02:46PM | 0 recs
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Show me - I' can't prove it doesn't exist, but you can prove me wrong.

by Falsehood 2008-05-16 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Join Me

While I disagree with your conclusion, I admire your method.  That letter is respectful and contains no threats.  It calmly states your reasoning.

That said, I hope that if the DNC does not move in the direction you want on this, you will still be a strong advocate for the Democratic nominee.

by map 2008-05-16 02:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Join Me

Thank you!

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-05-16 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Join Me

Except for the "guaranteed to win" bit. There are NO guarantees, and by saying it you undermine your argument.

Of course, the fact that she's already lost also hurts...

by Rationalisto 2008-05-16 03:06PM | 0 recs
I hope you send it to all the superdelegates

and mention how you will leave the party if Clinton doesn't get the nomination that should convince them...

by Student Guy 2008-05-16 02:37PM | 0 recs
My bad

I apologize, I am still on tilt from earlier, I ask for an apology as I just got out of a deplorable diary that was defending George Bush...

by Student Guy 2008-05-16 02:38PM | 0 recs
Re: My bad

I'd never do something like that.

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-05-16 02:48PM | 0 recs

Not to mention the fact that the DNC has no sway over the results, you will only be putting yourself on the DNC's fundraising list ;)

by Lost Thought 2008-05-16 02:39PM | 0 recs
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Instead of trying to divide our party, you should get on the bandwagon of going after McBush.  We need to go after flip flop McBush.  McCain + Bush = McBush.  The only one who is a worse flip flopper is McRomney.

by Spanky 2008-05-16 02:41PM | 0 recs
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"If we let our feelings be known, there's no way we will be denied."

Yeah, that one always works!

By all means, write 'em letters.  One of my old professors is on the Rules and Bylaws Committee.  I e-mailed him, though I doubt you'd have agreed with what I had to say.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-05-16 02:42PM | 0 recs
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I'd be interested to see what you wrote.

by mefeck 2008-05-16 02:48PM | 0 recs
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You'll forgive me, but I won't copy/paste it.  I also won't copy/paste his lengthy reply.

Suffice it to say, he was respectful and responsive, but I was not fully persuasive.

Neither will the other side on this one.  The truth is, as is so often the case, in the middle.

by Reaper0Bot0 2008-05-16 02:53PM | 0 recs
Unfair structuring of the nominating calendar?

What does that mean?

by JJE 2008-05-16 02:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Unfair structuring of the nominating calendar?

Well, Michigan and Florida were stripped of their delegates because they advanced their primaries before or in the midst of the "vaunted" states....

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-05-16 02:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Unfair structuring of the nominating calendar?

Those are the rules. You can try to change them but you don't get to ignore them.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-16 02:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Unfair structuring of the nominating calendar?

You do know that Hillary Clinton signed off on that, of course.

What you may not know is that the structure of the primary - with an unprecidented NINETEEN STATES all voting one month into the convention, was designed to help Hillary Clinton.  It was set up by Terry MacAuliffe knowing that she'd be the highest profile democrat running no matter who her opposition was.

Frontloaded primaries leave almost no time to campaign, and favor the well known and well funded.  It's why Hillary Clinton's early predictions were that the contest would go to Super Tuesday, but no further.  It was supposed to knock out all other competition.  When it didn't, it was revealed that her campaign had no idea what to do in the following states, and Obama swept the next 11 contests.

The DNC knows all this, so your letter is unlikely to sway them on its merits.  It is a good letter though - thoughtful, concise, reasnable and respectful.  I didn't want you to think my big dissertation here was a swipe at you.

by Jess81 2008-05-16 02:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Unfair structuring of the nominating calendar?

Yes, they wanted to increase their influence, broke the rules, and therefore lost their delegates.  Of course, the time to raise a stink about this was before the voting happened, not afterward in a transparent attempt to bolster a particular candidate.

The irony, of course, is that if they had just played by the rules they would have had just as much influence as they were seeking, and probably a good deal more.

by JJE 2008-05-16 03:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Unfair structuring of the nominating calendar?

They aren't 'vaunted' states, they are SMALL states where candidates with less money can compete.

How many times must this exceedingly simple concept be explained?

by Lawyerish 2008-05-16 03:04PM | 0 recs
Except of course you're discouting the winner

because you don't like the results and therefore ARE discounting the "other side" (despite there being no OTHER SIDE) in this fight.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-16 02:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Except of course you're discouting the winner

Is there really a winner?

by Zeitgeist9000 2008-05-16 02:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Except of course you're discouting the winner

The one with the most delegates is the winner at the end.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-16 02:51PM | 0 recs
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If we let our feelings be known, there's no way we will be denied.

What about the feelings of the 17 million people who voted for Obama?

by mattw 2008-05-16 06:20PM | 0 recs


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