Et tu, Brute?
My Congressman drinks the kool-aid:
Today, United States Congressman Jim Costa (CA-20) and United States Congressman Dennis Cardoza endorsed Barack Obama for president. Congressman Cardoza previously supported Senator Hillary Clinton.
Congressman Cardoza said, “This is the most important election of my lifetime. While I continue to greatly respect and admire Senator Clinton and feel she has made history with her campaign, I believe that Senator Obama will inevitably be our party’s nominee for President. He has proven himself to be a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and inspirational leader and will take America in a new direction, which we desperately need.
“I am deeply concerned about the contentious primary campaign and controversy surrounding the seating of delegates from Florida and Michigan – two states Democrats need to win in November. I will not support changing the rules in the fourth quarter of this contest through some convoluted DNC rules committee process. Yet, we must find a resolution to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates so these states’ voters are represented at the Convention. I believe we need to avoid this potentially divisive situation by uniting behind one nominee and bringing the party together immediately. Therefore, I have made the decision to support Senator Obama at the Democratic Convention in my role as a super delegate.”
Dennis Cardoza is a blue-dog Democrat representing my district, CA-18, and I have met him several times.
He replaced Gary Gondit after the Chandra Levy scandal ended Condit's career. Although Condit had nothing to do with Levy's murder, her disappearance resulted in a tabloid feeding frenzy over rumors she and Condit had an affair. The scandal ended Condit's career and he felt betrayed by Cardoza when his former chief of staff ran against him in the 2002 primary and won.
Cardoza also owned the nightclub where I met my second ex-wife, but I never held that against him. His uncle coached my son's Little League baseball team.
BTD does a excellent dissection of the illogic of Cardoza's statement:
Cardoza says he will not support "changing the rules." I have to ask who asked him to? Is he referring to Barack Obama who said he wants all the Florida delegates seated? Or is Cardoza implying that the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee is not operating within the rules? In short, WTF is Cardoza talking about? Let's continue. Cardoza then says:
Yet, we must find a resolution to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates so these states’ voters are represented at the Convention.
Um, didn't you just say seating them would be "changing the rules?" Excuse me Rep. Cardoza, WTF are you talking about? Let's continue. Cardoza writes:
[W]e need to avoid this potentially divisive situation by uniting behind one nominee and bringing the party together immediately. Therefore, I have made the decision to support Senator Obama at the Democratic Convention in my role as a super delegate
Well, of course now that Dennis Cardoza has spoken, that should be the end of it no? No RBC meeting. No more controversy in Florida and Michigan. Everything will be just fine now that the Great and Powerful Dennis Cardoza has spoken. Are you effing sh**ting me?
You'll excuse me, but I despise stupidity um, lack of intelligence. And this statement strikes me as one of the most obtuse things I have ever read in my life.
What Armando said.