Posted: 25 Aug 2008 12:37 PM CDT
The title is from a video sent to me from an email subscriber to Wake up America.... the video was uploaded to YouTube by someone called WAMwakeupamerica (Disclaimer- no relation to this blog or any writer/contributer to this blog.)
It is a 3 minute and 42 second video which shows what states Hillary Clinton won during the primaries, money the makers of the video allege was donated by PAC's for Obama and how despite the fact the Clinton won those states, the delegates and superdelegates of those states pledged their delegate/superdeelgate vote to Barack Obama instead of Clinton.
Just thought it might interest the readers given the disunity already being reported on at the Democratic Convention on the first day.
Clinton supporters are not going away and the amount of them preparing to vote and/or support John McCain is growing.
Posted: 25 Aug 2008 12:04 PM CDT
Video below can be found at YouTube here.
The Capital Times reports on the new John McCain ad, which is geared toward Hillary Clinton supporters who are not supporting Barack Obama as of yet and the ad features former Democratic Wisconsin delegate, Debra Bartoshevich, who was stripped of her status after she publicly declared that she would support John McCain if Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee.
Debra Bartoshevich was a Wisconsin national delegate who was stripped of her delegate status by the Wisconsin Democratic Party after publicly declaring she might vote for John McCain. Bartoshevich is now featured in the latest John McCain ad.
Democratic officials were stunned, as shown at Wake up America, when news filtered down to them showing Debra Bartoshevich, a Hillary Clinton delegate, told reporters, "I will not be voting for Obama. I will cast my vote for John McCain. I just feel you need to have somebody who has experience with foreign matters."
Initially they were not going to strip Bartoshevich of her delegate status, but later voted to do so and to ban her from the Democratic convention.
Bartoshevich is now a Democrat for John McCain and she is featured in the recent ad released by the McCain campaign, clearly geared toward other Democrats that are unhappy with their party choosing Barack Obama for their presidential candidate.
The text of the ad, entitled, "Debra":
I'm a proud Hillary Clinton Democrat. She had the experience and judgment to be President.
With recent news reports showing that the number of Democratic supporters gravitating to John McCain has risen, according to CNN, by 11 percentage points since June, yesterdays ad titled "Passed Over", highlighting how Clinton was passed over by Barack Obama in favor of Joe Biden, and now this one showing a former Clinton national delegate stating that she is voting for John McCain, is meant to play up the tensions between Clinton supporters and Obama and his supporters to garner more of them to vote for John McCain.
Those numbers are higher in the latest USA Today report which says that 30 percent of Hillary Clinton voters will either vote for John McCain, not vote at all or vote for somebody else.
Of of the remaining 70 percent, only 47 percent say they are solidly behind Barack Obama with 23 percent saying they are backing Obama but may change their minds before the election.
Those remaining 23 percent, are the Democratic supporters the McCain campaign is actively going after with ads like those released over the last two days.
It is also being reported on television, that Debra Bartoshevich is in Denver with the GOP officials.
Ed Morrisey points out:
I'd expect this to get some play during the Democratic convention itself. Team McCain says it will air in "key states", but the timing of the ad's release hints at heavy play this week. Having Bartoshevich make this pitch now underscores McCain's willingness to fight for this election and getting creative and flexible in doing so.
Indeed it will be.
Posted: 25 Aug 2008 10:31 AM CDT
The Politico video report of the rising tensions on Day One of the Democratic convention, can be found here and shown below:
Since Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign in early June, a group of Clinton supporters have refused to unite behind the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama and as the Democratic National Convention drew near, they petitioned to have Clinton's name placed in nomination to which the Democratic National Committee agreed to do. Clinton supporters have also organized parades and rallies for Hillary Clinton to be held during the convention as well as on the night Hillary Clinton is due to speak on behalf of Obama.
Deep seated tensions boil between Hillary Clinton supporters and Barack Obama supporters at the Democratic National Convention. Mistrust and resentment are stewing while supporters from both sides trade "not for attribution" barbs.
As time went by many believed those tensions would lessen and more of the Clinton supporters would start to accept Barack Obama as the nominee of choice and unite behind him for the good of the party.
With recent events, one specified in The Politico report (via video above) being the lack of consideration shown by Obama for placing Clinton on the ticket as his vice presidential running mate as well as not showing the courtesy to her or her supporters of giving the appearance to vet her for the position, has led to and 11 percent rise since June, according to CNN, in the percentage of Clinton supporters planning to vote and support the Republican presumptive nominee John McCain.
Sixty-six percent of Clinton supporters, registered Democrats who want Clinton as the nominee, are now backing Obama. That's down from 75 percent in the end of June. Twenty-seven percent of them now say they'll support McCain, up from 16 percent in late June.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland states, "The number of Clinton Democrats who say they would vote for McCain has gone up 11 points since June, enough to account for most although not all of the support McCain has gained in that time."
Other polling statistics mentioned by The Politico come from the ABC/Washington Post poll, which shows that up to 30 percent of Clinton backers are not backing Obama over McCain.
Hillary Clinton had over 18 million votes cast in her name during the primaries, which makes 27 percent and 30 percent, millions of people, voters, that have not "united."
The Democratic convention started today, with both Obama supporters, angry and expressing frustration with the Clinton supporters that are refusing to unite behind Obama and the Obama supporters saying that the Clinton associates negotiating on Clinton's behalf are acting like "Japanese soldiers in the South Pacific still fighting after the war is over, " as well as calling them "bitter enders."
The peevishness on both sides and the volume of behind-the-scenes catcalls are noteworthy because both the Clinton and Obama teams had resolved in pre-convention talks that it was overwhelmingly in the interests of both sides to get along.
It is believed by many the reason Hillary Clinton was given a speaking slot on day two, Tuesday, and her husband, Bill Clinton to speak on Wednesday, was to give Obama and Clinton supporters time to mingle at the convention and learn to get along, with the Democratic Party officials hoping to avoid any embarrassing displays which would show the party not united.
Bill Clinton's speaking role, on a night with a theme of "Securing America's Future," has also become a point of contention, with insiders saying Bill Clinton is "disappointed" that he was not given a speaking slot on a night where he could speak about the economy and Democratic ideas, to which he had hoped to contrast his own administrative record with the Bush years.
This is an especially sore point for Bill Clinton, people close to him say, because among many grievances he has about the campaign Obama waged against his wife is a belief that the candidate poor-mouthed the political and policy successes of his two terms.
Downplaying the disunity and tensions being expressed on the first day of the four day convention and the reports being published about the issue, Obama strategist David Axelrod and Clinton senior adviser Maggie Williams, issued a joint statement, where they did not address the concerns associates said Bill Clinton felt, but said, "We understand that some in the news media are more interested in reporting the rumor of controversy than the fact of unity. The fact is that our teams are working closely to ensure a successful convention and will continue to do so. Senator and President Clinton fully support the Obama/Biden ticket and look forward to addressing the convention and the nation on the urgency of victory this Fall. Anyone saying anything else doesn't know what they're talking about. Period."
Highlighting the tensions still felt by Clinton supporters is a report that was published yesterday from The Politico, showing that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, while speaking in a panel discussion in the ballroom at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel with NBC's Tom Brokaw, ABC's George Stephanopoulous and CBS's Bob Schieffer, railed at the media for their part in what he called the media's "embarrassing" coverage of Barack Obama in the 2008 election coverage.
Rendell stated, "MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," and then he went on say that Chris Matthews, who is a MSNBC talk show host, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons."
He was stopped by PBS's Judy Woodruff, who said, "Why don't we let Governor Rendell sit down."
Brokaw was offered a chance to respond to Rendell's accusation, he stated, "Matthews and Keith Olbermann are 'not the only voices' on MSNBC."
[Update] Evidently another problem occurred last night which highlights the tensions at the convention when a Barack Obama supporter, Senate President Emil Jones who is Obama's political mentor, called Delmarie Cobb, a black Hillary Clinton delegate and supporter, an "Uncle Tom."
Jones denied the allegation, but according to the report by Chicago Sun Times, two aldermen said they witnessed the event and back up Cobb's accusation.
Another alderman said, "He said it in jest."
Cobb's states "If people are still making digs at the Hillary Clinton people because we supported her, that is not going to bring us on board. It makes us feel as though we're outsiders, and we're Democrats. The litmus test for being black is [seen as] supporting Barack."
An Uncle Tom is a racial insult which suggests a black person is perceived as behaving in a subservient manner to White authority figures.
Posted: 25 Aug 2008 09:48 AM CDT
I KNOW all my regular readers already know the "truth about the lies", but go read what CJ has to say. Maybe even copy it and share it.
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 05:58 PM CDT
On May 31, 2008, the Democratic National Rules and Bylaws Committee made an official ruling that due to Florida and Michigan violating the timing rules of when they held their state primaries, Michigan and Florida would only receive half of their voting rights at the national convention, which was reported on by CNN.
Michigan and Florida were to have been penalized by having only half of their voting rights at the Democratic Convention after moving their primaries forward. They have just been given their full voting rights back after Barack Obama requested it.
This angered Hillary Clinton supporters and superdelegates immediately started publicly pledging their vote to Obama, in a number sufficient to put him over the number, which then was 2,118, of delegates needed to make him the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Days later Hillary Clinton suspended her presidential campaign.
The Associated Press reports today that after Barack Obama asked the Democratic National Committee to reinstate the full voting rights of Florida and Michigan delegates, the DNC and the convention credentials committee voted unanimously to do so.
With this ruling the number of delegates needed to win the official democratic nomination has just risen from 2,118 to 2,210.
Reinstating the Florida and Michigan delegates at this time, will not change Obama's status because this was done after enough superdelegates stepped up and gave him enough to become the presumptive nominee.
Obama ended the primaries with a 365 more delegates than Hillary Clinton had when she suspended her campaign.
Florida holds 211 delegates and Michigan holds 157.
Hillary Clinton won both the Florida and the Michigan primaries, even though neither was supposed to count and Obama had removed his name from the Michigan ballot with neither candidate campaigning in either state at the time.
So, technically, the only thing that actually happened was the DNC interfered with the primary process just long enough to favor Obama and once Hillary Clinton was out of the way and her campaign suspended...... now they are giving all the voting rights back.
And people wonder why Hillary Clinton supporters are angry?
Very glad I am not a Democrat.
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 04:37 PM CDT
The Democratic National Convention starts tomorrow, Monday, August 25, 2008, at the Pepsi center, but prior to the kick off of the highly advertised event, protesters are already marching to the Pepsi center, as shown by the Politics West, escorted by Denver police who believe they are prepared for any eventuality as reported by Washington Post, including mass arrests of people determined to get arrested.
Anti-war protesters decided to get a head-start on the Democratic Convention protest as hundreds march through the streets of Denver before the Convention starts.
Despite new legal restrictions, warehouses prepared as detainment centers and mass police presence, the first of the antiwar protest marches kicked off and were peaceful leading to no arrests.
Police, on horseback and on mountain bikes, escorted the first of the protest marches from the steps of the Capitol down Colfax Avenue and Speer Boulevard, all the way to the Pepsi Center, where the Democratic convention is due to kick off tomorrow.
The protesters involved include the Re-create 68 group (named for the massive rioting protests actions at the Chicago 1968 Democratic Convention), Cindy Sheehan, and even the Green Party's presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and her vice presidential running mate, Rosa Clemente, were in the crowd.
Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan who died valiantly in the Iraq war, told the crowd that "Neither Republicans nor Democrats represent the people. They've taken away more of our freedoms. It's now easier to spy on us.
"This convention is sponsored by AT&T. What does that tell you?"
She continued to the applause of the anti-war protesting crowd, to say, "Denver has partnered with the Democrats to create a fascist police state. Now we have free speech in cages. We are not animals."
Re-create 68 co-founder protester Mark Cohen called presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama part of an imperialist system.
Political pundits should find this next week in Denver to be very interesting.
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