CD 6 results show that...
This 'there must be an endorsement' groupthink will have to be taken on at some point. Not today, I am too tired.
However, I believe that it is imperative that Klobuchar gets all possible delegates to the State convention for this to even be interesting. She might last five or six ballots with the help of the improperly elected delegation from Beltrami Co., that is composed of 7 delegates that swore to support Klobuchar and 1 uncommitted. It is composed primarily of the current and outgoing members of the Beltrami Co. executive board, which made e-mail caucusing available for some delegates (and not others), and one who shouted down a motion (as chair) for proportional representation saying that process can take 10 hours (not possible) and later he said in the media that metro area liberals use that process to cause the DFL to include or elect minorities and young people to be over-represented in the party. It is not true that young people or minorities are weighted more heavily than other delegates in a walking subcaucus. It is not true that the metro area is out of touch. It is true that the State Constitution has left a a large hole in addressing the new redistricting, and there was not anything resembling a ruling or authoritative correction to the call allocating only 1/2 delegate to the 8th CD in Beltrami Co. Bye introduced a whole new set of issues in responding to my credentials challenge in the Eighth, and invoke an argument that he admits is hearsay (through Lori Olson chair of the 7th) that the female college student who also filed a challenge withdrew it. Obviously the logic of Meuers that a young, chubby blonde college student cannot make adult decisions for herself has taken hold. Within the DFL, County chairs exercise a power of in loco parentis for young, unmarried women. But when I asked her apparent partner/fiancee/whatever in the 6th CD hallway, he said he hadn't heard one way or another if that was true. Bye is pretty slick, admitting he wasn't there for either the Beltrami Co. DFL convention or the evening the vote was taken to to follow the remedy of the State DFL Constitution & By-Laws commission, but introducing plenty of hearsay about that (e.g. 35 people voted for not reconvening... I am pretty sure there weren't 35 people there to vote, and I do know now it wasn't unanimous, as Meuers claimed to the papers).
I don't think that it is fair that I have to argue my case against a lawyer like Don Bye. I'll argue it straight to the people. If there is a similarly skilled lawyer with equivalent DFL insider status that wants to advocate for the party process against the way that that Michael Meuers mishandled the process at the Beltrami Co. convention, great. e-mail me at impeccableliberalcredentials at gmail dot com. There is a Constitution & By-Laws Commission hearing for an appeal of the original ruling scheduled in Rochester on May 20-21.
I suppose, since Bye introduced new arguments in the 8th CD credentials hearing, new evidence should and can be introduced in the new hearing with the State Constitution & By-Laws commission, like the 4 or 5 e-mail delegates that were rejected by popular vote the body of SD 4 delegates but had been seated at the Beltrami Co. convention that elected the improperly elected delegation to the State DFL Convention.
Otherwise, I have to conclude that it is so critical that Klobuchar and her advocates within the party are willing to sacrifice the integrity of the party process itself to force this through and get her the nomination that nothing should stand in her way. I shouldn't. The DFL party shouldn't. Sen. Chuck Schumer has spoken. This was all decided on January 20th, and all of the resources we've wasted putting on a show that there could be any other candidate that Amy Klobuchar are wasted resources that we should have spent inventing the fiction that Klobuchar really has a chance versus Kennedy, just like we created a believable fiction in the last cycle that Kerry, who never really wanted to be president, somehow was going to be president.
Klobuchar will likely be the nominee, and there is nothing the people can do about it. This was all desided in Washington, D.C. or New York, on our behalf, on the 20th of January. It was decided for us, because we are simple-minded Minnesotans, and we should not be allowed to make adult decisions all by ourselves. Roll over, Minnesota, its time to submit. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton will be on Fox News shortly to tell us that it is time for us to to give in, and support Kennedy, or Klobuchar, or does it really matter which one wins? In Rochester, Klobuchar and Kennedy will speak together, with one synchronized voice, at a DemoRepublican Unity Dinner. Spam will be served, meal tickets can be paid for with blank checks to Exxon Mobil. See you in Rochester (both the hearing and the State DFL convention, with its DemoPublican Unity Dinner) for. Bring the Beltrami Co. delegation with you!
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