I Learn Something New Every Day: Alice Palmer
So there was some hoo-ha over the NV caucus process and the Hillbama people were calling each other nasty names and making all sorts of accusations. I came across this, somewhere in the middle of the pie-throwing:
The day after New Year's 1996, operatives for Barack Obama filed into a barren hearing room of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot.
Petition challenging progressives and South Siders: a Republican tactic.
I know the Chicago Way is rough, but that crosses a line. This made my blood boil:
"My conclusion was that if you couldn't run a successful petition drive, then that raised questions in terms of how effective a representative you were going to be."
Indeed, I can't comment because I don't trust myself not to launch into a tirade about house nigres. Anway, bottom line is that no Democrat should ever be involved in preventing other Democrats from having their choices be heard.
Right? We can all agree on that, can't we?
This took place before my time in the South Side, but I've seen up close what voting can be like there. Let me tell you about the time I went to vote, and found that somehow I had "already voted" as far as the nice lady taking my voter card for the first time was concerned....