[digg-reddit-me]“We are the Democratic party.”
I really hate to use profanity like this on the blog – but I think it is called for under the circumstances. The New York Times is reporting that:
…influential fund-raisers for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have stepped up their behind-the-scenes pressure on national party leaders to resolve the matter, with some even threatening to withhold their donations to the Democratic National Committee unless it seats the delegates from the two states or holds new primaries there.
According to the Times article, Ms. Clinton’s donors have donated just under $300,000 to the Democratic National Committee – and they are threatening to stop supporting the Democratic party if the DNC doesn’t cave in to their demands. I have some hope that Howard Dean will not give in to Ms. Clinton’s bullying. But he undeniably is being pressured, bullied, strong-armed. And big donors today have an outsize influence in the DNC.
So far, the DNC has been lagging behind the Republican National Committee in fundraising. This is exceptional considering the money advantage both Ms. Clinton and Mr. Obama have had over any of the Republican presidential candidates. I support the DNC – and no matter who the Democratic presidential candidate is, and no matter who wins in November, I want a strong Democratic party.
But today, I am donating to show that Ms. Clinton’s backers do not own the Democratic party. I may not be able to donate $63,500 like Paul Cejas – and I won’t try to hold the Democratic party hostage to my personal views. But I am donating $50.00 right now to make a point. I hope you can show your support as well.
Mr. Dean has not taken sides in the current primary battle – but is trying to enforce the rules that Ms. Clinton and Mr. Obama explicitly and publicly agreed to last year. Ms. Clinton’s backers are now trying to bully the DNC to break the rules and hand Ms. Clinton the nomination against the will of those people who have voted so far.
This is outrageous. We are the Democratic party. Let’s show Hillary’s big money pals whose party this is.
(If you just want to donate to the DNC without showing support for Mr. Obama’s candidacy, try here. Otherwise, to show support, donate here to “We are the Democratic party.”)
(I am not a big fan of Ms. Clinton – but I don’t hate her. This post is not about Ms. Clinton herself – but about my outrage at the tactics of her supporters. Shame on them.
And Ms. Clinton – if you don’t condemn these anti-democratic and anti-Democratic tactics, shame on you.)
Updated: Let me be clear – I support Barack Obama in the primary – and have since before he won more states, more delegates, and more votes than Ms. Clinton. But if Ms. Clinton were in the position Mr. Obama was in – I would not want Mr. Obama to win by extortion.
The Drudge Report is highlighting the news – which means that it will likely dominate the news cycle tomorrow. Obviously, most commentators will say that the tactics of the Clinton campaign are wrong. But nothing would prove them wrong more than a donation to the DNC – allowing the Democratic party to ignore the powerful individuals who are trying to hijack the party.
3rd update: NJ Mom over at dKos interprets the story in much the same way:
I’ve been concerned for a while that the Obama/Clinton contest is becoming a surrogate battle between the Dean and McAuliffe wings of the DNC. It is a battle between those that believe in the “important states” vs. “the other 40”, between DLCers and DFAers, between an addiction to corporate/special interest money and those that believe that small donors in vast numbers are democracy at its most powerful.
What I read in the NYT today, makes me concerned that McAuliffe and those that he represents are trying to ambush Dean using Clinton donors.
The NetRoots helped Dean get where he is today. With the DNC coffers very low right now, he is under attack. He needs us.
N.B. This post was written in the midst of an obviously contentious election campaign – one in which I had strongly considered supporting Senator Clinton but after careful evaluation, had come to the conclusion that Barack Obama was the only candidate suited to our current challenges. While I stand by the content of the post, in retrospect, the tone is a bit overheated.
8 replies on “Fuck Hillary’s Big Money Pals”
Thanks for the tip Joe. This is an outrage. So much for being part of the team, eh. I’ll write it up and link to you at both TPM Cafe and my own place.
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Eh, I don’t think you can just throw money at a problem like this.
The Democratic Party — not the Democratic public, but the party itself — is awash in the same filth as its Republican counterparts. The system itself is corrupt. Handing over more of your cash to be mismanaged and misspent by self-imagined aristocrats is a waste. I am more compelled to invest not just money, but physical effort in initiatives like Change Congress, which seek to hold our politicians accountable rather than rewarding them for their failures.
I think what Hillary’s donors are doing here is despicable and wrong. Thank you for donating $50.00 to the DNC.
However – I also really don’t like that you’re using this wonderful photograph without the proper attribution. You can see the original photo here on Flickr. It has a Creative Commons license. Use it properly. It is really not difficult, especially if you have a flickr account yourself and link your blog to it.
As a complete aside…. Larry Lessig is behind both Creative Commons and Change Congress. He’s a smart man and comes up with wonderful ideas. Here’s hoping that his initiative to change Congress is at least as much of a success as is Creative Commons.
I actually found the photo on someone else’s blog about 3 or 4 months ago – and they didn’t know where it was from…
Thanks for tracking that down and letting me know.
edit: obviously that means it is now credited.
Hillary’s campaign is seriously pissing me off. Why can’t she just bugger off already? Or if she insists on continuing her campaign, at least make it a positive campaign. The mudslinging and the dirty tricks are killing the Dems long term.
I just don’t understand what Clinton supporters are thinking, I really don’t. Don’t they realize that she’s CANT WINT fairly? The only way she can “win” is by cheating. How can anyone support that?
I understand how photos can circulate uncredited. Thank you so much for putting in the right credit. I love Creative Commons and the freedom that it offers bloggers and artists to share their work. Yet it only works if people use it correctly, and as a hobbyist photographer myself it is a pet peeve of mine to see photographs go uncredited. I think that Lessig’s work is fantastic and I’m really happy to see him work on corruption and bringing CHANGE to Congress. Hopefully, he’ll make Progress. 😀
Me too. I’ve been a big fan of Lessig since I read Code in high school. I think he’d make a great congressman someday soon – even if he chose not to run this time around.