Posted by: iam0nly1 | July 17, 2008

Obama-nation: Complete DNC Takeover Angers Democrat Leaders

Obama is officially using the DNC simply as an apparatus to secure his election, and people are obviously upset.  

Politico reports:

Among the grievances described by Democratic leadership insiders: 

• Until a mailing that went out in the past few days, Obama had done little fundraising for Democratic candidates since signing off on e-mailed fundraising appeals for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee immediately after securing the Democratic nomination. 

• Obama has sometimes appeared in members’ districts with no advance notice to lawmakers, resulting in lost opportunities for those Democrats to score points by appearing alongside their party’s presumptive presidential nominee. 

• The Obama campaign has not, until very recently, coordinated a daily message with congressional Democrats, leaving Democratic members in the lurch when they’re asked to comment on the constant back and forth between Obama and John McCain — as they were when Obama said earlier this month that he would “continue to refine” his Iraq policies after meeting with commanders on the ground there.

• Coordination between the Obama campaign and the House and Senate leadership is so weak that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who will chair the Democrats’ convention in August — didn’t know of Obama’s decision to move his final-night acceptance speech from the Pepsi Center to Invesco Field until the campaign announced it on a conference call with reporters. 

In short, Obama is in it for Obama. He has effectively kidnapped the DNC, transported it across state lines to Chicago, and is holding it hostage. Again, we told you so. Was it not completely obvious that this was going to happen, or are we PUMAs just clairvoyant? 

The danger of ignoring down-ticket Dems was warned against and realized upon the first news of the DNC’s move to Chicago. Politico reported:

But the move to Chicago also inspired some concern among Democrats who would prefer the party play a larger, independent function, and not merely serve the nominee.

Obama’s DNC takeover extends beyond Chicago and Washington. His campaign is also expected to take control of the elements of state Democratic Party operations that are financed by the DNC as part of Dean’s “50 State Strategy,” according to state and national party officials. Those officials said the campaign would likely absorb the party staffers only in battleground states, and state officials were still absorbing plans Thursday. 

“The DNC has responsibility beyond the presidential campaign—to senators and governors and members of the House of Representatives as well as state parties–and when you dismantle the DNC and move it to the same location of the presidential campaign headquarters, there could be an implication there that the move is being made to capture the DNC wholly for the presidential campaign,” said Donald Fowler, who served as DNC chairman during the 1996 presidential election. 

Recalling the friction with the 1996 Clinton campaign over allocating more national party resources to the presidential race, he said, “I would be leery of the DNC forsaking their interest in all of these offices to focus exclusively on the president campaign.” 

Further, when Obama flipped on public financing, it should have been clear that most of his fundraising efforts would be for himself. In addition, months back, he told supporters to only donate to him and to forego donating to independent Democrat groups

Now, with the DNC Convention fund raising committee in dire straights, Obama has decided to stroke his ego with a 76,000 seat stadium without even running it by Democrat “leaders” first. Certainly audacious…not very financially responsible…

Senator Obama has one mission: get elected at all cost.  Down-ticket Democrats, conventional rules and decorum, nor Party rules are of any concern to him. There is a surprising amount of room under the Flip-Flop Express, and we PUMAs don’t mind the company.



  1. Please call both Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi (phone numbers below) and tell them:

    Please use your power as a Democratic Party leader to ensure an open convention in Denver. This means allowing Hillary Clinton’s name to be placed in nomination and encouraging delegates to support the candidate who is most likely to win in November.

    If you do not do this, you are betraying the intended democratic process of the convention, and you will harm the party tremendously.


    Howard Dean’s Office – (202) 863-8000, you’ll get connected to the comment line

    Nancy Pelosi – 202 225 4965 – you will get her voice mail and her personal greeting.

  2. It looks to me like empire building. Move critical functions to Chicago, control the money, pick the people running the show, is this Jr. Senator running for President or King?

  3. As each day passes I find it harder and harder to convince myself to vote for Obama. All the flip-flops, the season of trashing Hillary not to mention again, he is too inexperienced. After bitching about the Iraq war and beating Hillary over the head with her votes. (he was not in the senate at the time) Now sudenly he is going to take a field trip to Iraq to assist in refining his position.

    The topper though is the speech planned at some huge out side football field. Words like, crass, tacky, arrogance, huge ego and pompus come to mind.

    FYI: Cynthia McKinney is the Green party candidate for President

  4. Obama’s arrogance is boundless. The mainstream media are showing themselves to be determined to elect him. The network anchors are traveling with him in order to establish his legitimacy on the world stage when he has not earned it.

    Charles Krauthammer nails it: The Audacity of Vanity: Americans are beginning to notice Obama’s elevated opinion of himself. There’s nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?

  5. Hey Jen,

    Thanks so much for your comment. As for your question, my understanding is that the Parties make their own rules, so nothing is actually “illegal” in the overall legal sense. I’m sure there are measures and avenues that can be taken within the Party, but I don’t know how successful they would be if the powers that be within the Party are orchestrating the actions that violate the rules.

    Sadly, I don’t think there is a very good checks and balances system within the Party. Essentially, as we saw with the RBC, they can do whatever they want, and disregard the rules if enough people are on board.

  6. Thank you “iam0nly1” for the excellent article:
    Obama-nation: Complete DNC Takeover Angers Democrat Leaders

    Which is precisely why we are:
    DONE (Democrats Over Nominating Elitists)
    “We didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left us.”

    Seems it’s gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets better [if ever].

    Question: isn’t it illegal for the DNC to refuse to have a Roll Call and bar Sen. Clinton from being placed upon the ballot and placed in “nomination” at the convention in August? If so, what if any recourse is there? Thank you.

  7. […] iamonly1 of DONE: “Down-ticket Democrats, conventional rules and decorum, nor Party rules are of any concern to [Sen. Obama]“ […] “when Obama flipped on public financing, it should have been clear that most of his fundraising efforts would be for himself,” writes iamonly1 in a DONE (Democrats Over Nominating Elitists) blog burst titled Obama-nation: Complete DNC Takeover Angers Democrat Leaders […]

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