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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 03:32 PM
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Florida superdelegates will apparently be combative at the convention. Not eager to compromise.
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I was just getting ready to post this without too much rancor, but then I read this post by WesDem about Clinton finance people being accusatory toward Dean for what these two states did.

Now I am really ticked off.

I am tired of the Florida superdelegates and their nastiness toward the party, toward Dean, and toward reconciliation of any kind. They do not intend to let up.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is being very combative lately. For a long time Bill Nelson was taking the role of being pushy and angry. Now Debbie WS appears to be assuming the role of the angry one.

It angers me that she said this. I have been hearing some Democrats around here lately sound like it might not be so bad if they get to take part in the convention...that even a 50 50 split might not be so bad.

Watching the video from Anderson Cooper 360, I realized fully that this will not end until convention. Wasserman Schultz is the national co-chair of the Clinton campaign, and she is very very angry.

Right after the Florida delegation met with Howard Dean on Wednesday, she issued this statement that made my blood boil:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Clinton supporter, said Dean's tone was much less combative than it had been. "He's finally realized it's counterproductive to our goal of electing the next president of the United States to continue to insist on punishing the state," she said.
Schultz speaks out


Combative? Florida Democratic leaders have been so combative they have made it uncomfortable for Dean to even come to Florida. One compared him with Cartman on South Park. Bill Nelson even said that Floridians may not vote for the nominee. Combative?

She went on Anderson Cooper's show Wednesday night after the meeting, and oddly enough she first gave the impression they would cooperate with the Obama campaign.

The video from Wednesday night on Anderson Cooper 360.. Wasserman Schultz and former DNC chairman, David Wilhelm, an Obama supporter.

Video of Wasserman Schultz and Wilhelm



She was then very "combative". She is getting that way more and more. But first she sounds like they would be ok with a 50 50 split.

From the transcript.

COOPER: So is 50-50 OK for you?

SCHULTZ: You know, I think we're at the point now where we've determined that we're going to ensure that the delegation gets seated, and then we've got to let some more voters weigh in on what the outcome is going to be and get a clearer picture on this nomination process.


Not a no, not a yes. But the rest of the interview she really gets huffy.

COOPER: David, on the Obama side, is 50-50 OK with Obama?

DAVID WILHELM, FORMER DNC CHAIRMAN: I'm not an agent for the campaign, but that -- that sounds fair to me. A 50-50 split would mean that both -- I'm in Michigan tonight. Both Michigan and Florida would have their delegation seated. That's definitely the best thing for the party. It's something that Senator Obama has wanted to do from the get-go.

WILHELM: And in the context of elections that were run in violation of Democratic National Committee rules, a 50-50 split would mean the delegations are seated, but they will have no impact on the overall outcome of the race. And that seems like a -- a compromise that Solomon would be proud of.

SCHULTZ: Anderson, I can tell you that our delegation is united against a 50-50 split. That includes Obama supporters, as well as Clinton supporters, and our members that have not taken a position. A 50-50 split makes absolutely no sense. There are 1.7 million voters that went to the polls on January 29. We had a record turnout, and whoever the nominee is needs to be selected by Democrats from all 50 states who weighed in. A random 50- 50 split makes absolutely no sense and would be unfair and would disenfranchise voters in Florida.


COOPER: But with that kind of language, then, how do you get a compromise? I mean, what's the solution? Dean said no one but the candidates themselves are going to be able to come up with a deal.


Florida Democratic superdelegates, the big shots in Florida, are not going to let this thing rest. Even the ones who support Obama are refusing to put the country and the party first. They are putting their own state first.

I just read an article about some superdelegates who are new to congress. They are being threatened by their constituents that if they endorse the wrong person they will not vote for them. That is why many superdelegates are not speaking up. People are so effectively divided that there is no common sense.

If Florida continues to make waves, even on the same day as the meeting with the DNC....then it will affect all of us. The blame has been spread around and shuffled around until it is almost impossible to see the truth.

If one state continues its goal to put itself first, we will end up with a big mess. We will get the country we deserve.

Stand your ground, Howard Dean.
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