Wednesday, March 5, 2008

"As Ohio Goes...

So goes the Country!" At least that has been the prevailing wisdom for, well, I guess as long as Ohio has been a state. No one has ever been elected presidnet without winning Ohio, let's put it that way. And Hillary did. WE did, as she so eloquently pointed out - this was OUR win, our campaign, our candidate, for our country. Amen, sister.

Again, it is AMAZING she won, especially in TX, given all of the crapola the Obama campaign was doing, ESPECIALLY in terms of the caucus. The DNC REALLY needs to step in, dismiss the results of the caucus, and have the last third of the delegates should be divided by the percentage of the popular vote. The way in which the Obama people have handled these caucuses is reprehensible. Obama should not even HAVE the lead in delegates at this point given how his campaign has strong-armed people. Not just in TX, but other states as well. Below is a memo from the Clinton Counsel regarding the TX caucuses and the Obama campaign.

Before I get to that, though, dspite the attempts by the "MSNBO Guys," as someone on TalkLeft is now calling MSNBC, or CNN, or even ABC, to diminish and dismiss Clinton, the PEOPLE have spoken, and we DO want her!! So, time to start covering her FAIRLY and drop all of this antagonistic crap already! GO CLINTON!!!!!!

Here's the memo:

March 4, 2008


TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Lyn Utrecht
Campaign Counsel

RE: Caucus Irregularities

The campaign legal hotline has been flooded with calls containing specific accusations of irregularities and voter intimidation against the Obama campaign. This activity is undemocratic, probably illegal, and reflects a wanton disregard for the caucus process.

The three most egregious categories are:

1) Irregularities: Prematurely Taking Precinct Convention Packets by Obama Campaign

Numerous calls have shown that Obama supporters prematurely removed convention packets from polling places. Packets may not legally given out until 7:15 PM or when the last voter has cast a ballot in the primary. The Texas State Party warned the Obama campaign in writing that they may not take these packets early or remove them from the polling locations. The Party directed that these irregularities be reported to law enforcement -??since they amount to criminal violations.-?? The Party stated -??removing convention packets . . . will not be tolerated.-??

A sampling of the precincts where this occurred are:

659 -?" Tarrant
709 -?" Houston
2316 -?" Tarrant
1205 -?" Dallas
3127 -?" Bexar
3082 -?" Fort Bend
18/224 -?" Harris
3221 -?" Dallas
87 -?" El Paso
851 -?" Houston
115 - Harris
470 -?" Galveston
388 -?" Harris
3000 -?" Dallas
1214 -?" Dallas
20 -?" Medina
205 -?" Walker

2) Voter Intimidation: Lock-out of Clinton caucus goers by Obama Campaign

Numerous calls have been received that the Obama campaign has taken over caucus sites and locked the doors, excluding Clinton campaign supporters from participating in the caucus. The Clinton supporters have been unable to enter the premises to caucus. In at least one instance, law enforcement was called and forcibly opened the caucus site.

A sampling of the precincts where this occurred are:

4401 -?" Dallas
2052 -?" Tarrant
4402 -?" Dallas
75 -?" Harris
18 -?" Hardin
259 -?" Harris
124 -?" Nueces
4050 -?" Tarrant
115 -?" Harris
6 -?" Roma County
78 -?" Jefferson
117 -?" Denton

3. There are numerous instances of Obama supporters filing out precinct convention sign-in sheets during the day and submitting them as completed vote totals at caucus. This is expressly against the rules. The sign-in sheets were copied by the Obama campaign from the Texas Democratic Party website and taken by supporters to various polling places to sign-up caucus goers prior to the start of the caucuses.

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