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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More Clinton Dirty Tricks

The results of the Super Tuesday primary elections were split almost exactly down the middle on the Democratic side, which has thrown Hillary Clinton into a panic; she was so overconfident going into the primary season that she expected to have a lock on the nomination by now. So, what is her campaign doing? Has she started listening to voters more, trying to improve her understanding of their concerns, or otherwise becoming more responsive to the people?

Not a chance.

Instead, the Clinton apparatchiks, resorting to their same old corrupt political business-as-usual ways, are sneaking around in the proverbial smoke-filled back rooms and trying to twist Democratic Party rules to give their candidate extra delegates to the nominating convention. Several months ago, the Democratic National Committee stripped both Michigan and Florida of their convention delegates in response to their disobedience to party rules in changing the dates of their primary elections. Accordingly, the presidential candidates, including Senator Clinton, pledged that they would not campaign in these states. Barack Obama, John Edwards, and several minor candidates removed their names from the ballot in Michigan (but were unable to do so in Florida) and honored their pledge not to campaign.

Hillary Clinton promptly broke her promise by leaving her name on the ballot in Michigan. She also visited Florida and pretended that she wasn't campaigning there. Now, having won a majority of the votes cast in these two states by campaigning unopposed, she's trying to convince Democratic National Committee officials to change the rules in the middle of the game and allow Michigan and Florida to send delegates to the convention.

Here is a link to a petition condemning this underhanded tactic:


If you are concerned about the subversion of America's political party system by Hillary Clinton's sneaky, cheating schemes, please sign the petition and let the Democratic National Committee know about your views.

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  • One of the things I think is fascinating is how many people came out in Michigan to cast a ballot for uncommitted. These people were mad at Clinton to take off from work to just cast a ballot for uncommitted.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:35 PM  

  • Hah!

    Whether it's trying to keep the culinary workers from voting in Nevada, race baiting in South Carolina, push polling in California, or this underhanded tactic, the Clintons are just getting warmed up.

    Look for Hillary and company to ramp it up as much as necessary in order to secure the nomination. "The Ends Justify the Means" has always been their mantra.


    By Blogger Club 166, at 7:47 PM  

  • Yes, it is fascinating how many people would take off work and vote for... uncommitted. It's even more fascinating that they have to. Hillary has no right to be in this race. She is disingenuous, has no political aspirations except for power, thinks the ends justify the means, and is totally against individual rights. Anyone reasonably... well, breathing... should be able to see right through her. What gives? How can she possibly stand a chance?

    By Blogger Unknown, at 11:00 PM  

  • Hi,

    I have some cyber-friends who are of the political junky persuasion and who also have older kids on the spectrum. I point out that the kids are older because these guys don't even know what Autism Speaks is, or that there has ever been any controversy about what causes autism, etc. I mentioned, in passing, that Hillary is evil for supporting Autism Speaks and they asked for some explanation. Do you have an old post (or know of someone else's) that explains, for the uninitiated, what is wrong with Autism Speaks?

    By Blogger VAB, at 11:22 AM  

  • Corruption is not an aberration from the norms of "representative democracy", it is what it runs on, the fundamental essence of it. A "fair election" is an oxymoron.

    Obama will not save anyone, he is no better than Hillary. The US government will continue to serve the interests it exists to serve (those of money and power), no matter who its figurehead is. Don't waste your time voting for anyone.

    Voting for who you want to be President of the USA (a nation founded, like all nations, but probably more blatantly than most, on genocide and slavery) is like voting for who you want to be head of the Judge Rotenberg Center.

    By Blogger stevethehydra, at 2:34 PM  

  • VAB, I've written so many posts on what is wrong with Autism Speaks, it's hard to choose just one! Here's a link to my Autism Speaks post category -- take your pick, or just give your friends the link to the category, whatever you prefer.

    Another good place to send your friends would be the Don't Speak for Us Petition.

    By Blogger abfh, at 3:50 PM  

  • This is only marginally related to your post, but I remember several posts from you in the past about Barack Obama supposedly actually listening to neurodiversity advocates. Have you seen his "plan on Autism Spectrum Disorders" (PDF)? I'm rather disappointed, and I was wondering if you had anything to say about it... I guess I'm still supporting him, but this "plan" doesn't sound much different from Hillary's.

    By Blogger me, at 7:42 PM  

  • T.O. -- other than the word "alarming," which we are bringing to Sen. Obama's attention and I expect he will agree that it should be deleted, what do you find objectionable in his autism plan?

    By Blogger abfh, at 9:31 PM  

  • - Repeated mentions of treatment, intervention, and screening. I'm afraid they will be more of the same. Admittedly, it's not really specific enough to complain about it.

    - Support for the Combating Autism Act.

    I would really like to hear your opinions on this too; I'm not as informed as I'd like to be.

    By Blogger me, at 9:45 PM  

  • The main problem with the Obama campaign's discussion of autism seems to be that he has one group of staffers writing about health issues, and another group writing about disability issues, and they don't talk to each other as much as they should.

    If you look at Obama's views on disability rights, it's clear that he understands our issues. I just posted an open letter from disability policy experts who have endorsed Obama, discussing his deep commitment to ending barriers and bigotry.

    Unfortunately there are a few people on the health care side of his campaign staff who need to do a better job of getting with the program.

    Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has never responded to comments by neurodiversity advocates about disability rights issues or anything else (and yes, we've tried to contact her, many times). I'm not even sure she realizes we exist.

    By Blogger abfh, at 12:41 AM  

  • Thanks for the information, and thanks for actually contacting people about it!

    By Blogger me, at 12:58 AM  

  • Is there a petition going to the Democratic national Committee? Sending one to Hillary doesn't seem like it would do much good.

    By Blogger Joeymom, at 8:34 AM  

  • Joeymom -- the petition is being sent to both Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

    By Blogger abfh, at 6:29 PM  

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