On Fucked Caucuses Post
I had tried to post this as a comment on Lambert's post about the Texas primary but it wouldn't post. I'm assuming I set off some spam filter so I'm making it an expanded post instead.
Please don't talk to me about the GOP legitimately complaining about vote fraud, in Texas or anywhere else. They have consistently maintained that vote fraud is widespread and is a democratic specialty. They have used it to try voter suppression all over the country.
You might want to look at this to see what Republicans do with vote fraud in Texas.
A years-long, high-profile campaign by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, to prosecute elderly Democratic Party volunteers for voter fraud because they helped homebound seniors to vote by mailing their absentee ballots -- but not signing the backs of envelopes -- fell apart on federal court house steps in Texas on Wednesday.
If you want more fuel to throw on the fire, Michelle Malkin is with you on Obama and campaign fraud. She goes after ACORN and Obama's connection to them here. I'm sure all of you would agree with here when she says: But where there’s left-wing laundering smoke, there’s fire.
Let's not forget, from the Washington Post:
Nearly half the U.S. attorneys slated for removal by the administration last year were targets of Republican complaints that they were lax on voter fraud, including efforts by presidential adviser Karl Rove to encourage more prosecutions of election- law violations, according to new documents and interviews.
Read the The Republican War on Voting
over at the American Prospect. You'll find more on ACORN and their voter registration drives.
As for Texas, the following is from a Tx state representative's site on the Texas primary selection process. Could it be more convoluted?:
Texas Delegate Selection Process
Texas will send a total of 228 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Texas delegates are determined as follows:
126 Pledged Senatorial District Level Delegates - (“Primary Selected Delegates”)
126 delegates will be assigned based on primary results in 31 State Senate Districts (Texas allocates delegates based on its Senate Districts, not Congressional Districts like many states). The number of delegates from each Senate district varies based on Democratic turnout in the last two general elections. The delegates from each Senate District are assigned to candidates proportionally based on the percentages they receive on primary day.
* Senate District delegates are pledged delegates (They are pledged to vote for whom they are assigned)
* Senate District delegates are assigned proportionally based on primary election results in the Senate District on March 4th, 2008
* Senate Districts are allocated between 2 and 8 delegates based on Democratic voter turnout in the 2004and 2006 General Elections
* A candidate must win at least 15% of the vote in the Senate District to win a delegate
42 At-Large Pledged Delegates and 25 Pledged Party Leader Delegates -
(“Caucus Selected Delegates”)
These 67 delegates are assigned based on the presidential preference of the delegates who attend the State Convention on June 6th, a process that begins at Precinct Conventions(similar to a caucus) held on the night of the March 4th primary, followed by conventions held at the County or Senate District level March 29th.All 67 delegates are assigned to candidates based on delegate sign in at the State Convention.42 of the delegates will be elected as At-Large Delegates at the State Convention and 25 are chosen based on their position as a state/local elected official or Democratic Party official.
* These 67 are all pledged delegates.
* The Caucus is held in 3 stages – the Precinct Convention, County or Senate District Convention and the State Convention.
* The number of delegates is based on the number of people who voted in the 2006 General Election.
* The percentage of delegates assigned to a candidate is based on the percentage of people who sign in (caucus) for a candidate at each step of the process, culminating with the presidential preference of delegates to the State Convention.
* A candidate must win 15% of the vote in the Senate District to win a delegate.
32 Super Delegates and 3 Unpledged Delegates - (“Super Delegates”)
Texas’ 32 Super Delegates are made up of Members of Congress, Members of the DNC, past House Speakers and former DNC Chairs. The 3 unpledged delegates (Add-Ons) are chosen by virtue of their extraordinary efforts on behalf of Democratic causes and the Texas Democratic Party. These delegates can vote for whomever they choose.
Hillary did take notice by the way. If you remember, her campaign wrote a letter to the TDK expressing concerns about the primary here.
I don't doubt the stories in this video, but that's what almost every thing in this video is, a story. I think only two, maybe three scenes actually presented figures and those were mostly extrapolations of what could be expected statewide if the same things happened all over the state. It's anecdotal evidence.
Maybe before presenting it as gospel evidence of evil, it would be a good idea to do as Lambert says above:
I wish I had a transcript to analyze. And a list of the sources. That professor sounded pretty authoritative…. (emphasis added)
That would seem to me to represent a more analytical approach in keeping with what you all want PB 2.0 to be about.