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Many readers here will recall this scripted moment less than fondly.   I call it scripted because although the party tried its best to hide the truth,  many knew at the time, and many more know now,  that what was being televised was not a true and transparent roll call vote.  It is no secret  by now  among Democrats that the actual vote was taken in hotel rooms that morning and that committed Hillary delegates that we sent to cast votes for her were coerced to vote otherwise before Hillary released them.   What we saw here, deplorable as it was to see a valid candidate and the winner of the popular vote on the convention floor, was theater.

Hillary Clinton was escorted onto the convention floor to rescue the party’s unity and request a unanimous nomination of Barack Obama.  It was a spectacle, for sure, and not the party’s finest moment.

The party seems to have a penchant  for the  theatrical since something appears to be rotten in the state of New Hampshire as this year’s primaries commence.  Curtain up!  A swiftly organized write-in campaign for HRC in the New Hampshire primary was launched in early December and was publicized here, at other Hillary blogs, and in myriad Hillary Facebook groups.  We shared and we tweeted no end to get the word out to New Hampshire voters that on the Dem side there was more than one choice.

Tuesday, the 10th was primary day, and by the next morning we saw these results from C-SPAN.  They were posted here on this blog.

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Est. % In

New Hampshire

Updated 1:59 p.m. EST, Jan 11, 2012
County:
Table | Map
48,970
82%
0
100%
reporting
Total Write-ins
5,908
10%
0

We were informed by the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office that the write-in tallies would be available the next day – today.  You can imagine the shock waves that traveled through the Hillary sites today when that office made these results available.

Presidential Primary Election January 10, 2012 President of the United States – DEMOCRATIC

Suspension of disbelief is possible when the plot is reasonable, but these results are not.  No one voted for HRC?  Democrats wrote in the GOP clown car occupants on the Dem ballot?  No one wrote in  any other Democrats or independents on that ballot?  Smells fishy to me!  So,  many of us had our Hamlet moment today since something indeed is rotten in the state of New Hampshire. The only voters missing are Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, but I guess it is harder for them to register now that ACORN has bitten the dust. Anyway, Shakespearean productions are almost never accompanied by cartoons.

The only other explanation is that the Hillary Clinton write-ins were inscribed with disappearing ink.  We are undaunted, because for our money, the finest moment of that 2008 convention was this.  Yes, Hillary, we will keep going!

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Not so fast, it seems!  There IS no write in option.  At the Petition Facebook group,  however, there appears to be a way we can battle this totalitarian one-candidate ballot.

I am asking all Hillary supporters to write to the South Carolina Secretary of State demanding suspension of the ‘No Write-in Rule’ under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. We are prepared to seek legal recourse if the Secretary is not responsive. If anyone can help with these legal issues, we’d be grateful.

www.scsos.com

Thank you for visiting the online office of the South Carolina Secretary of State. We are working hard to revolutionize the way you do business in South Carolina. Please let us know if you have any feedback, questions or concerns.

Let’s all do our part so that our neighbors in South Carolina can write Hillary in should they wish to!

 

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Since I cannot remember which channel I was watching at the time, I cannot find the video, but on one of the morning cable news nets I saw Amy Kremer of Tea Party Express ranting, in a southern belle kind of genteel way, that Mitt Romney does not represent the party and that the Tea Party will resist having this candidate shoved down their throats as it were.  It rang a lot of chimes for me.

In 2008, commencing with the May 31 Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting on the votes from Florida and Michigan, and concluding with the most shameful spectacle of a viable candidate who had won the popular vote being walked out onto the convention floor in order to halt a completely staged  “roll call vote,”  Democrats have said the same thing.  Not all Democrats are satisfied with the 2008 candidate who is now the incumbent candidate.  The dissatisfaction was reflected in the New Hampshire primary results yesterday.  Barack Obama drew in appreciably fewer votes than Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.  He won 82% of the Democratic Primary vote there, was opposed by more than a dozen challengers,  none of whom managed to exceed the write-in vote,  which garnered a rough 10% of the total with no bankroll, public speakers, town halls, or physical presence on the ground by a declared write-in candidate.

It is time for the Democratic Party to wake up to a reality, as much as we love Hillary Clinton, and hard as she tried, she was not in 2008 and is not now able to effect unity in a party that she did not tear apart.  The task of unifying the party belonged to Barack Obama who campaigned on a claim that he would unify the entire nation.   He has accomplished neither, and the reason is that he did not heal the wound from which the country was bleeding four years ago.  He did nothing to support homeowners facing foreclosure, unemployed Americans, and students who could not afford tuition.  He responded to the BP oil disaster with paralysis, and chose to waste 18 months pushing a faulty and wanting health care bill when people were suffering from poverty and joblessness.  So, in short, placing HRC on the ballot under the name of a failing and flailing candidate will not effect his reelection.  We will not even entertain such a ridiculous idea which is put forth by those who assure us that it will not happen anyway. (So why even raise it?)

You have to love seniors.  The very experienced who have seen so much and have lived through bad times before  know what it takes to fix things.  They no longer have to worry about pinks slips.  They have faced so much in life that they do not care what they say.  Devil-may-care,  they say what is on their minds.  Here are two of them.

Specter: Dump Obama for Hillary

January 10, 2012|By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Should President Obama dump Joe Biden as his running mate and replace him with Hillary Clinton?

Arlen Specter was asked that hot-potato question, circulating in some Democratic circles, in a meeting Tuesday with The Inquirer editorial board.

His answer showed that the former 30-year senator hasn’t lost his knack for blunt talk – nor, perhaps, his bitterness over what he feels were slights from Obama during his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

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Here is another senior icon.

Another lefty celebrity says he’s heartbroken and dismayed by Obama

posted at 1:20 pm on January 11, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In a recent appearance on the “Smiley & West” radio program hosted by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, Harry Belafonte lamented the president’s lack of a moral compass — and cautioned other discontents to be wary of the proposition that the president just needs a second term to prove himself. Said Belafonte:

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I have, over the years of Obama’s tenure,  occasionally clashed with younger folks here who have been sure that older people do not “get it.”  I beg to differ.  Guys and gals old enough to be my parents have a compendium of knowledge and experience we have yet to gain.  It never hurts to listen to voices of experience.  They, after all, have little to lose at this point, and the young?  Their futures are on the line.  It might serve them well to attend to these voices and ask themselves where their values are:  in fixing what is wrong, or in continuing to prop up the failed and ineffectual candidate that thrilled them with all the texting four years ago.

It was a cheap trick, kids.  I got some of those tweets too when hurricanes ravaged the Gulf Coast.  All he wanted was for my Red Cross donations to go through his website.  Well, I know how to find the Red Cross on my own.  I did not need him to tell me how to arrive there, and he does not know how to get us back to where we need to be.  If  he did, surely he would have made his huge effort by now.

FDR did not win four elections by saying that he needed another term.  He rolled up his sleeves, showed us what was possible, and an impressed and grateful populace gladly reelected him.  No, I did not witness this history,  but I learned from it nonetheless – from folks older than I.  We all should.

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We lack some specifics at the moment, but CNN Politics is reporting the New Hampshire Democratic primary thus with 100% of precincts reporting.

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Est. % In

New Hampshire

Updated 12:06 p.m. EST, Jan 11, 2012
County:
Table | Map
48,970
82%
0
100%
reporting
Total Write-ins
5,908
10%
0

SO!  While we do not know for whom those write-in votes were cast (we can suppose not for the baker’s dozen of challengers on the ballot),  and, oddly, we do not see a total of votes cast with a list of those challengers and their results, we do see that there was a pretty healthy write-in vote.

As a reminder, if she did garner a sizable portion of write-in votes,  HRC  never declared or said a word to imply that she was running, never set her pretty little foot on New Hampshire soil, and did not spend a red cent on this.  This was entirely a grassroots effort.  Imagine if she had assured voters that she was in this to win it.  At a time when this country is in dire need of a hero with a knowledge base and plans to counter the GOP  with its bad plans and the incumbent, who historically lacks plans going all the way back to the 2007 debates,  HRC is what she has always been since that day in 2007 when she declared, the change we need.

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In your Democratic primary, you do have more than one choice!

Thanks to Jen, here is your sample ballot.  The last line is where you can write her in.

NH_Democratic ballot_2011

Additional information on the New Hampshire primary can be found here.

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With the weekend debates over, New Hampshire voters (and those in other primary states) might be feeling a little hopeless.  The candidates are not inspiring, and the incumbent, for all the boost the media attempts to provide, has proven over almost four years that indeed  the Oval Office is not a training ground. The health care debacle, the dismal economy, the failure to reach across the aisle effectively, the incessant campaigning that never ceased after the last GE coupled with the lack of clarity explaining positions, the list goes on of reasons to regard the incumbent as ineffective.  But there remains a viable alternative.  Democrats, we can take our party back.  In open primaries, independents can hop aboard.

In addition to this action, and to fortify our position, we can join Americans Elect and become delegates there for HRC,  and we can sign the petitions in the sidebar on this page.  Click here to see a video of petition initiator Steve Rosinski  with Neil Cavuto last week.  

My last two cents:  I do not understand the Republican chant that Obama is a “socialist” president.  He has done nothing to protect, in any effective way, the social safety nets established by prior Democratic administrations.  If he remains in the Oval Office any longer, we will see these programs dismantled.  He is the “anti-socialist.”  Do not buy that cow.

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In the old days, typing classes were drilled  to type this phrase:

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party”

Well, we are the good men and women, and now is the time!  In primary states, starting Tuesday in New Hampshire,  we should all take this unique opportunity not to lie down and let the party walk all over us as they did in 2008 when the RBC disenfranchised legitimate registered voters and the convention shamefully put a candidate on the convention floor to stop the televised (and bogus) roll-call vote.  In primary states, we should write in our preferred candidate.  Iowa demonstrated how caucus states can caucus “uncommitted,”  an example other caucus states can follow.

So as the primary season gears up, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!  Sign the petitions in the sidebar if you feel so inclined.  Join Americans Elect and be a delegate for HRC.   There is plenty to do!  Share with your friends.

Let’s get Hillary Rodham Clinton on the ballot!

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