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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 11:51 AM
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The more I think about our "PRIMARY" the angrier I get.
We have been denied the chance to vote for our candidates by
our legislature.

No voter in Michigan that I have talked to wanted to go "first"
so badly that they were willing to give up their voting rights
and/or delegates to the convention to do so.

All of the candidates with the exception of Gravel signed a PLEDGE
that they would honor the rules of the Democratic Party and NOT
campaign or participate in the primaries of states that violated
the deadlines set by the party. The party DID compromise over
the old Iowa/New Hampshire first sticking point by allowing two
other states to participate early on a rotating basis.

Kucinich was not allowed to take his name off the ballot by Teri Lynn Land.
He TRIED to uphold his pledge.

Clinton and Dodd just outright violated theirs.

Please read this:

http://www.iowaindependent.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=125...

I will vote "uncommitted" and let the chips fall where they may,
but I am GROSSLY unhappy with the influence that the DLC has had
in the running of our state.

Good luck with finding volunteers for the Presidential Election
if this trend continues!
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booksenkatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 01:05 PM
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1. PassingFair, as I stated in another thread and will repeat here:
Even voting "uncommitted" pisses me off. I would be voting to ensure that someone else's vote counts, although I'd have no idea how that person would vote ultimately. So my vote still wouldn't count. My direct vote should count, dammit. It's like being a woman in 1896 and hoping that you can influence your dear husband to vote as you wish, you beg him to consider voting a certain way, but in the end, he's going to vote as he damn well pleases.

My 8-year-old son said, "Mom, can't they have maybe groups of states go first and take turns? It isn't fair for 2 states to go first every time." So simple, even a third grader sees the steaming pile, with no prompting from me.

If they don't want my vote enough to actually count it, then they aren't going to get it. I've been a loyal voter, donor and campaign worker in the GE for decades, and this is what I get for it.

The irony is how I'm getting phone calls every evening from polling groups who want to know how I would have voted. At least THEY care! Too bad my vote counts no more with these polling groups than it would on Michigan's Big Day.

It's stunning to think that I'm sitting here in 2007, feeling jealous of people whose vote counts! Maybe I should march for suffrage, that might be constructive, eh?

Disgusted here in the Ann Arbor area. Sorry. I'll keep reading the posts here, maybe I'll reconsider, but it's not too likely at this point.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 01:24 PM
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2. I'm going to write a letter to Senator Levin.
I told his aide what I thought of this little
game of "chicken" he and the Congressional
delegation were playing with OUR primary, but
maybe we all need to write to him and the
Governor ourselves.

Not content with narrowing our choices in the
primary, the party sent a "shill" into our dem
club last night, who insisted that we "tone down"
the language that suggests that those who want
to vote for the candidates not appearing on the
ballot are "urged" to vote uncommitted.

They feel this language is "too strong"!

Please vote "uncommitted".

It is our only way of making a statement against
the rigging of what's left of our primary.

See Sharon's posts on how to apply for delegate status.

(IF they seat delegates, other nominees might have a chance.)
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 01:29 PM
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3. I still plan to vote "uncommitted"
Believe me, I'm not happy about it, but I feel it's the best I can do at this point. I'm angry and disgusted. That language came directly from the MDP, and I see no need to tone it down at this point. I wonder if Mark got that message from Carl or Debbie or Jennifer. I've been telling everyone to vote uncommitted and I'm going to continue to do so.

This is a travesty. The strategy didn't work and they should have backed off.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 02:48 PM
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4. Big Al or no Big Al, I am going uncommitted as well.
And I will repeat what I said in another thread: The REAL solution IS a national primary. Instead of that game of chicken they played, let's start a campaign for this. This is the only solution as I see it.

"I will vote "uncommitted" and let the chips fall where they may,
but I am GROSSLY unhappy with the influence that the DLC has had
in the running of our state."

RIGHT-ON PF. I could not have said it better myself! :)
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 01:55 AM
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7. Amen.
And you know, I don't see how breaking rules gives Michigan any more influence than just doing what 45 other states are doing and selecting their delegates via primaries/caucuses February 5 or later.

Shame on them, I say.

Oh well, it's good to have other people who share my frustrations.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 12:01 PM
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8. If you can STOMACH it, here is an article on the Republican take....
sorry for the link.....

Interesting tidbit about Brewer trying to fight the
whole thing initially in the legislature (which I
had heard rumors of). It made me feel a little sorry
for him, having to foist if off on all of us....

Gov. and Congressional delegation were pushing for
it all along, as suspected. :puke:

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22154
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 12:07 PM
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9. I, too, remember that in the beginning Mark was opposed
to this harebrained scheme. Unfortunately, I can't bring myself to feel sorry for him about anything. I do, however, feel sorry for the rest of us who have to live with this.
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vanboggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-02-08 08:49 PM
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13. Now I'm doubly pissed
I might have voted for Kucinich till he threw his support to Obama in Iowa. Write in doesn't count, who says uncommitted votes won't go for Hillary.

So I can't vote for Edwards. Maybe I'll temporarily cross over to the dark side so I can vote against Huckabilly.
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 01:29 PM
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5. Wish I were angrier. Just US democracy disillusioned. Will write-in.
This early-primary seems a win-win for the right-wing benefactors.

1. Angers voters so they might not vote in November. (And, not illegal unlike caging.)

2. Reduces the ads and coverage so the candidate will be LESS well known.

3. Reduces our expectations for democratic systems, and reduces our desire to stand for democratic action.

4. If Kucinich were to win it could be dismissed on several levels: only one, no others to easily choose, no ads, low turnout (likely).

It's easy to buy a bunch of Republicans.
It's easy to buy a few Democrats.

..and we just don't get mad anymore.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 01:52 PM
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6. Write-Ins won't count.
For sure.

"uncommitteds" MIGHT.

I'm angry. I protested this at Executive Committee level.

Didn't do any good.

I will not donate to Levin because of this.
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bain_sidhe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-31-07 01:32 PM
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10. Nobody here wants to hear it
Edited on Mon Dec-31-07 01:34 PM by bain_sidhe
but I'll say it anyway. It isn't any of those people who prevented you from voting for "your candidate." It was your candidate himself who did that. And don't give me any crap about "the pledge" seeing how the DU God Kucinich is not only still on the ballot, but actively campaigning here. Until you slam him in the same terms you use to slam Clinton, I'm going to call hypocrisy all over your a**

**edit: My rant would be more effective if "hypocrisy" was spelled correctly, wouldn't it?**
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-01-08 07:37 PM
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11. It appears that most here, and in fact everyone who knows what
happened, are in agreement.

Except you.

Although there MAY be a few others....

Kucinich TRIED to remove himself from the ballot.



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bain_sidhe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-02-08 05:52 PM
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12. Like I said, nobody here wants to hear it


... are in agreement.

Except you.


Yeah, well, there's a *reason* this forum isn't in my favorites list. The fact remains, the reason supporters of Edwards, Obama, Biden and Richardson "can't" vote for their candidate is because those candidates jerked their names off the ballot in order to pander to Iowa and New Hampshire voters. They cared nothing for their Michigan supporters. Why should I care about them?

Kucinich TRIED to remove himself from the ballot.


And yet, now he's actively campaigning in Michigan. Where is all the vitriol about how he's "breaking his pledge" and "broke his word" etc...?
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-02-08 10:27 PM
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14. Nobody is right, if everybody is wrong.
Please forgive me for kind of stealing a great lyric out of the 60s. My motive here is to say I think we are all broken-hearted about this primary thing in an election year as important as there ever has been in American history. I am proud of my home. I lived in 3 other states, yet came back. I even said nice things about, you know, that school in A2. :)

Look, the MDP meant well, but the leadership seems to be falling short; as they seem to be on other issues I will not go into, because you all know my views on that topic. The point here is that the ends do not justify the means. Yes, I want my beloved place of birth to be a bigger player in this process, but I think this whole NASCAR-style race to primary supremacy is pretty damn stupid.

Again, a national primary is the way to go. It negates the FAUX snoozed coverage that that an overly consolidated media force feeds us daily. It forces the combatants to compete in every state from day one. And yes, if you cant find an ear in Iowa, I am sure some voters in the Midwest might send you some money.Mr. Dodd, are you listening?

OK, so the national thing doesnt float your boat. I heard Ed Schultz interview Sam Donaldson today. Ole Sammy talked about this idea of floating 4 regional primaries. I am down with that too. No one feels slighted.

OK Doggie, time for bed.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 08:51 AM
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15. Summary: The Voter comes LAST.
No matter how anyone spins and 'explains' the contortions, it's pretty clear to me that the individual VOTER is disrespected in this process. When the "where and when" of voting is gamed and manipulated to this extent, it's clear (to me, at least) that the "expression of the poeple's will" has taken a back seat to Organization and Machine politics. That's sad.

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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 01:39 PM
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16. The only solace of an uncommitted vote...
is that it's effectively a vote for Edwards right? Is that a safe assumption?

I'm with you. I think this whole thing stinks. The party has more or less told me what I have always suspected: that my vote means squat. I really would like to say to the party "message received" and abstain. But if uncommitted really has a chance, and voting uncommitted really means voting for Edwards, I might be persuaded to participate.

What a backslide this 2008 primary season in Michigan is when compared alongside the Dean campaign leading up to the 2004 primary. At least that is my impression based on my own experience. The Dean campaign may have failed in mobilizing all that civic energy at those meetups into a way to really turn out voters, it may have been a bit disorganized, and the candidate may not have been as perfect as many supporters thought him to be, but it sure was nice to go to those meetups and be part of a campaign that actually encouraged its supporters to find their own voices and made the pretense, at least, of listening.
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mccoyn Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 09:52 PM
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17. Why uncommited?
I haven't been following this too closely so I don't know the details. What would be the advantage of voting uncommitted instead of just not going in the first place?

I'm pretty upset with the way everything turned out like everyone else.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 10:56 PM
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18. Please choose one:
Edited on Thu Jan-03-08 10:58 PM by maddogesq
1. It's a protest vote against the clown leadership of our state party.

2. Like me, you live on Planet Pollyanna and hope Al jumps in and ends this nonsense.

3. You favored one of the folks like Edwards who are not running here. And frankly, John gave the best speech I saw tonight.

4. You don't give a fat rat's ass, as long as it's a Democrat.

5. All of the above.

The way I see it, it is a safety valve in a Dem primary season that ain't over yet, IMHO. (One exception: Hillary IS electoral TOAST! Sorry Billy, you were great, but your S/O has been sent down to AA in Podunk.)
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-04-08 08:11 AM
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19. And so much for the Dodd option
He's gone now, although will obviously still be on our ballot. I'm assuming Kucinich will be gone by next week, too. That pretty much leaves Hillary and Uncommitted as viable options on the ballot. Need I say more?
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vanboggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-05-08 05:37 PM
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20. Really makes you slog out into the snow
Hillary or uncommitted. OK, yes I guess I'd better slog out into the snow.


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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-05-08 05:39 PM
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21. Exactly.
Edited on Sat Jan-05-08 05:40 PM by SharonRB
Gotta go to work anyway, so I'll vote before work or on my way home. (Uncommitted, that is.)
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-07-08 10:56 PM
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22. How will the "uncommitted" delegates be split up, Sharon.
IF and that's a BIG if, they are seated at the convention...

How will they be apportioned between Obama, Richardson and Edwards?

Any idea?
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-08-08 08:23 AM
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23. As far as I know, they won't be apportioned
People will be able to vote for whoever they want to vote for at the convention -- they literally will be "uncommitted." Of course, I don't know what kind of back room stuff could go on and a lot can happen between now and August.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-08-08 08:48 AM
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24. Bizarre.
When you apply to be a delegate, don't they ask
who you support?
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-08-08 10:38 AM
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25. Not if you're running as an uncommitted delegate
At least that's my understanding. Uncommitted seems to have a status all its own.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 06:41 PM
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26. You will mark which candidate to support or whether to support Uncommitted
Edited on Wed Jan-09-08 06:42 PM by ih8thegop
The app will include the names of each candidate, plus Uncommitted.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-08 07:06 PM
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27. Exactly.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-08 12:14 AM
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28. I assume they'll vote for the presumptive nominee
IIRC, after each of the unsuccessful candidates in recent recent elections has dropped out, most of them would 'release' their delegates from being committed to vote for them at the Convention. Then, those uncommitted delegates - as well as the unpledged delegates - would vote for the presumptive nominee.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-08 08:45 AM
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29. That's assuming there is a presumptive nominee going into the convention
Let's say Hillary and Obama each have 38% of the delegates going into the convention and Edwards has 24%. At that point, the uncommitted delegates can vote for whoever they want on the first ballot. As delegates get released on subsequent ballots after a deal of some sort has been reached, then they would vote for whoever they get released to.

The Oakland County Dems chair, Dave Woodward, thinks it's more likely our delegates will get seated if there is a presumptive nominee going into the convention than there is under the above scenario or something similar. That's just his opinion, but it makes sense. I, personally, am beginning to think that a similar scenario to the above is very possible and that our delegates will not be seated. But, that's just my opinion at this point.

I think we'll know a lot more after we see how things shake out on Super Duper Tuesday February 5.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 08:34 PM
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30. Almost every time another state holds a primary (like tonight)
Edited on Tue Mar-04-08 08:36 PM by ih8thegop
I envy the rest of the country more and more. Why can't we in Michigan have more influence? We were told that with this primary, we'd have more infliuence on who our party would nominate for President. But no, I don't see any influence.

I believe it was Don Riegle who compared this primary situation to the old Soviet-style elections.

Shame on Debbie Dingell et. al. The MDP needs to elect new leadership at next year's conevntion.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 08:41 PM
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31. I'm looking forward to casting a vote for a new chair.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 08:58 PM
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32. And it's not just that
You also have Debbie Dingell and Joel Ferguson on the DNC. DNC members are elected by State Central, whose members we will elect in Congressional District Conventions just before odd-year State Conventions (I'm guessing you know that already, Sharon, but for anyone else who doesn't know...)

I'm considering running for State Central Committeeman from the 3rd.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:17 PM
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33. Actually, I wasn't sure when state central members got elected
Thanks for the info. I've only been active in state politics since 2006, since working on Nancy's first congressional campaign, so I'm still learning all the time.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:24 PM
Response to Reply #33
35. Next election will be Feb. 09
I am undecided what role I will play at that time. What happens in the coming months will determine that.

Julie
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-05-08 10:19 PM
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43. Hey Julie, a Hillary supporter in our local dem club said that they are looking...
for female delegates in the TC area.

Is she trying to stack the deck?

Did you know about this?

She "skeeves me out", but I have to deal with her....
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 08:00 AM
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44. Tell her "Rots of ruck"
Everyone I know is supporting Obama. And I truly pity the fool who thinks they, as a Hillary supporter, will be able to sneak into one of the two delegate slots for uncommitted in the 4th district. Frankly they'd be lucky to get out alive.

We'll soon see if there is anyone that incredibly foolish in my district.

Julie
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 08:02 AM
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45. Just make sure all your delegate positions are full...
I'm just sayin....

She's CONSTANTLY on her laptop with Lansing.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 09:16 AM
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46. Not a problem lol
There are going to be so many candidates for these two slots! There are a couple of big Obama supporters who are actually campaigning for the slots and they've got illustrious histories of building/supporting Obama campaign efforts to back up their claims of support. Many out-of-the-blue candidates will probably throw in with them pretty quickly since many seem to be running just to make sure Obama supporters get the slots.

I suspect in the Hillary caucus room there won't be much of a problem keeping things running in an orderly fashion. :-)

Julie
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 09:20 AM
Response to Reply #46
47. Thank you, I will sleep better knowing...
that Traverse City is safe!
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 09:51 AM
Response to Reply #47
50. And the whole 4th District too!
It's all good in my corner of the world. :toast:

Julie
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:30 PM
Response to Reply #33
37. I'm still learning too
Edited on Tue Mar-04-08 09:32 PM by ih8thegop
But hey, let's both run!
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:34 PM
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38. 2009 seems like a long way away right now
I'll have to wait to see what happens between now and then. I'm probably going to be pulling back a little for at least a while now, other than most likely getting involved in Obama's campaign (assuming he's the nominee, of course). My mom is in home hospice and my time is fairly limited between work and going to my parents' house everyday after to work to help give her dinner. I feel like I don't have much of a life right now. I'll just have to see how things play out over the coming months.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:41 PM
Response to Reply #38
40. Yeah, it's a year away.
Until then, we all have lives to live and Democrats to support!
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 09:22 AM
Response to Reply #38
48. Keep the faith my friend
Faith that things will get better.

You're a good daughter to be looking after your mom as you are. Peace, hugs and encoruagement. :hug:

Julie
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 10:47 AM
Response to Reply #48
51. Thanks, Julie
I appreciate your good thoughts.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:22 PM
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34. I say go get em!
Edited on Tue Mar-04-08 09:26 PM by maddogesq
With a handle like "I hate the GOP," how could you go wrong?

You see, that is my gripe with the leadership in a nutshell. Whether it be the botched primary, or not staying neutral in primary races, this whole thing comes down to who we are as Democrats. The way to win is not being like the GOP.

Run pal run, as you have the juice. You have your heart and mind in the right place.



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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:29 PM
Response to Reply #34
36. You too!
Edited on Tue Mar-04-08 09:29 PM by ih8thegop
My mantra is, if you don't like the status quo, who are you not to fight for change?

A lot of us have gripes about the Dem leadership, yet many of us won't do what needs to be done to fix things.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:41 PM
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39. Yep. And sometimes courage gets us into the mud.
Change requires getting one's hands dirty just a bit, and having to be called names and feel as if he/she is some sort of an outcast mutant from the planet Insane. That's OK, because courage comes from the heart, based on my own personal experience.

You may not win on day one, but your good karma will come round: it always does. And the ones with bad karma? Well, maybe they are already feeling the heat....


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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 09:54 PM
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41. I hope you're right about karma coming round
We need some major overhauling in the party leadership in this state. As you said, between the presidential primary fiasco and their meddling in other races too early, big changes are needed.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 10:04 PM
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42. A favorite song lyric.
I was never a big Michael Jackson fan, but I always liked this line from "Man in the Mirror."

"If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, then make the change. Ya gotta get it right, while you got the time..."

I suspect the state party leadership never neard this particular song.

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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-06-08 09:26 AM
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49. If you want to run for leadership in 09
Make sure you are very involved and active between now and then. With this being such a big election year there are many opportunities to build a high profile in your local/Congressional Dem party. It is much easier to get elected to a leadership spot if the people who vote in these things know and respect you. Make stuff happen this year and they will believe you will continue to make stuff happen when you ask for their support next year. Then of course, you go on to keep making stuff happen.

I wish it were as easy as the above paragraph makes it seem. :-)

Julie
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russ1943 Donating Member (405 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 01:15 AM
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52. Primary
Michigan Democratic leadership should resign in disgrace. This fiasco was not necessary. Bunch of jerks.
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