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Friday, July 11, 2008

McCain-supporting Democrat delegate trying to stay a delegate

Something tells me this is going to be a whole lotta nothin’ a couple months from now.

Washington - Fighting an attempt by the state Democratic Party to unseat her from next month's national convention, Clinton delegate Debra Bartoshevich said that to "strip me of my status is undemocratic."

That plea is part of a letter Bartoshevich sent this week to the Democratic National Committee — her formal response to the credentials challenge.

The state party moved to strip Bartoshevich of her delegate status after she told the Journal Sentinel last month that she will support Republican John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama if Obama is the party’s nominee.

Bartoshevich is believed to be the only Hillary Rodham Clinton delegate nationally who has publicly taken that position. The state party says she is violating party rules requiring convention delegates to back the nominee.

The credentials challenge is now before the DNC.
I stand by what I said before: this woman was elected to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention – it’s a position of honor and respect. If she can’t support the Democratic nominee, she should resign.

Not that she doesn’t have a legitimate beef: the DNC rules committee considered the whole Clinton/Obama Florida/Michigan debacle and simply made something up. Their ruling came right out of thin air, without respect for the rules as they were written. And that ruling favored Obama.

(Side note: maybe we shouldn't be surprised - they favor judges with no respect for the written law, why should they have any themselves? End side note.)

But. What is she doing? Betrayal seems too strong a term, but it’s certainly in that direction. Her fellow Democrats gave her this position of honor, and she’s repaying them by flinging poo. I see little difference between this and Jeff Wood’s recent deceit: he’s flinging poo at every Republican who has supported and helped him over the past few years, and over the past few weeks.

On the other hand, speaking as an observer from the other side of the spectrum, not to mention the political divide: you go, girl! Don’t take that crap from them! They're dissing you and every other woman who cares about this country!