Good news for Michigan and Florida Democrats. You might not get cut out of the party's messy primary voting process again in 2012.
Of course, with an incumbent Barack Obama, the Democrats' presidential-candidate-picking process may be moot:
Assuming the rookie Great Change Agent quickly fills five dozen empty slots at Treasury, fixes the nation's economy, creates multiple millions of jobs, reforms the country's entire education system, makes it affordable to ever Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskilly American, creates a thriving green economy, reduces dependence on foreign oil, solves the housing crisis, keeps interest rates low, prevents inflation, avoids an Afghan quagmire, cuts taxes for 95% of Americans, screws over the other 5% and halves the national debt.
Oh, and cleanses the culture of greed and entitlement on every U.S. street including the one named Wall.
Last year's Democratic primaries were hardfought even bitter affairs, not helped by the initial banning of the results of those important twin states, which denied Hillary Clinton two crucial albeit sneaky victories.
What the hell does THAT mean?? The only one who was SNEAKY in this process was OBAMA!! He's the one who took his name taken off the ballot, and encouraged others to do so as well, to try and embarrass Clinton out of the win! He's the ONLY one who campaigned in Florida, and Clinton still won in a landslide. And SHE'S the one who is sneaky? Okay - I see how they are revising history on this one. Because we can't have anyone better than Precious, can we? Ah, yes, because EVERYONE wanted Obama, apparently - except for the majority who voted for Clinton, but let's not allow facts to influence the storyline. Ahem.
Back to the article:
And all presided over by another former unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate, Howard Dean.
Dean is gone now, unceremoniously dumped and denied a Cabinet job by the Obama camp, in favor of parttime chair, Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia. He''ll take over fulltime next year to earn his D.C. chops and, come 2012, probably replace aging Joe Biden as Obama's VP who, you may remember, was a senator way back when Obama was a sixth grader. (Although keep your eyes on Missouri's most Twittering senator.)
But watch out. CNBC announced today that Dean has signed on there as a commentator. Now, all that cable channel needs is some viewers and Dean can be heard to get even on-air.
Oh, yippee. But this is where is gets good:
The 37-member Democratic Change Commission will be headed by Sen. Claire McCaskill (who likes to Twitter) and Rep. James Clyburn, both ardent Obama backers. And Obama's ex-campaign manager David Plouffe is also on.
The goal, Kaine says, is "to put voters first and ensure that as many people as possible can participate." A complete list of commission members is below; scroll down or click on the "Read more" line.
The commission, which grows from a convention resolution by Obama last August, will have three goals: chop the number of superdelegates, reform the caucus system and change "the window of time" for caucuses and primaries. Should Iowa and New Hampshire be worried?
The commission's report is due by next New Years Day.
I'm sorry, but how are the same people who created the problems we had this past Primary going to REFORM it?? You have my back-stabbing, lying, conniving representative, James Clyburn in there, the one who pushed the meme that the Clinton's were racist. And DAVID PLOUFFE!!!! The man who orchestrated Obama's campaign, the one in which he engaged massive caucus fraud, and the above mentioned shenanigans.
This is just great. I wonder how they are going to reform it, exactly? Abolish it completely so Precious can forever on out be the Democratic Nominee?? Having these folks on this committee is a whole lot like having the foxes guard the chicken coop. I am not expecting a whole lot of protecting our votes here since this was the tack Plouffe took during the vote controversy: What we're interested in is a fair resolution; we don't think it's fair to seat them fully," Plouffe said.
"We're not going to support something that gives her too many delegates. We all last year played by the rules. It was only after the fact when they needed the delegates that they tried to change the rules. I don't think you can at the 11th hour change the rules that you try to live by because it benefits you." But Obama's stance on the issue, like his opponent's, has just as much to do with politics as principle; the Obama campaign clearly doesn't want Clinton to close the delegate gap enough that she can possibly convince enough superdelegates to throw their support her way, or give her a chance to claim a victory in the popular vote.
The One was the one who was trying to change things, but the key statement is the first one, "We're not going to support something that gives her too many delegates." Never mind that she WON those delegates with OUR votes. And taking lawfully cast and certified votes from one candidate to give to another is so far from any sense of fairness and decency, that I cannot imagine how someone like David Plouffe is going to "reform" the nominating process. All primaries will now be caucuses with ACORN running them? All voting precincts will be staffed with ACORN members, or Obama Army personnel? Only people whose last name beings with "O" and end in "a" can run? Whatever it it, I think they just may have to remove that pesky word from title - you know the one, "Democratic."
Here's the rest of the gang:
Membership of the 2009 Democratic Party Commission on Change:
Co-Chairs: Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri, and Rep. James Clyburn, South Carolina.
Members: Jeremy Alters, Florida; Jeff Berman, Washington, D.C; Ashley Bliss, Georgia; State Rep. Dan Blue, North Carolina; Bill Carrick, Los Angeles; Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus, Ohio; Jeff Forbes, Washington; Joan Garry, New Jersey; Kansas state chairman Larry Gates; Adelita Grijalva, Arizona; Rob Hampshire, Pennsylvania; Ned Helms, New Hampshire.
Also on the commission: Alexis Herman, Virginia; Tribal Chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Teamsters Pres. James Hoffa, Michigan; Roseanne Hope, Minnesota; Nevada state senator Steven Horsford; Suzie LeVine, Seattle; UAW CAP Director Dick Long, Michigan; Andres Lopez, Puerto Rico; Patricia Madrid, New Mexico; Debbie Marquez, Colorado; Illinois state senator Iris Martinez; Jennifer McClellan, Virginia; Montana secretary of State Linda McCulloch.
Also: Iowa attorney general Tim Miller; Minyon Moore, Washington; Sunah Park, Pennsylvania; Plouffe, Washington; Rebecca Prozan, California; James Roosevelt, Jr., Massachusetts; Rep. Linda Sanchez, California; Randi Weingarten, New York; Oregon state chair Meredith Wood Smith; Martin Yeung, South Dakota.