This is precisely the sort of thing Barack Obama wants to end in American politics. The vested interests have a lot to lose if Clinton fails.
Robert Johnson the billionaire founder of Black entertainment television in the United States (BET), has again displayed his willingness to be Hillary Clinton’s surrogate. One could say he’s taken up the cudgel again. His personal wealth and that of other Clinton donors with whom he is associated, is not the problem. How it is employed – now that’s the key.
I am referring to a crude attempt, there is no other way to describe it, to intimidate the Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The Speaker is on record as saying that super delegates should vote in accordance with the expressed intention of the voters. This suits neither Clinton nor Johnson nor a group of other major Clinton donors. In a letter to the Speaker, Johnson together with these donors sought to imply in a thinly disguised manner, something which could be interpreted as intimidating and which in effect meant, “do as we say, or future donations to the Democratic Party will vaporize.”
Robert Johnson’s words
This appears to be a blatant attempt to interfere in a process which can influence and determine the Democratic Party’s nomination outcome and represents a direct challenge to Pelosi herself, who as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Party’s most senior Democrat, is only two heartbeats from the Presidency. As Speaker she is the holder of the third highest office in the country. How dangerous are these Clinton friends, donors and supporters? This is precisely the sort of thing Barack Obama wants to end in American politics. The vested interests have a lot to lose if Clinton fails. Once Clinton is no more – they are no more.
It’s Clinton’s last gasp try to move the goal posts and alter the rules. A final reckless throw of the dice in the hope of lasting long enough to get to the Convention. The text of this infamous letter reportedly promotes a new view be accepted by the Party in relation to the voting options, authority and power of all pledged delegates and superdelegates. If this proposal is adopted it will enable a virtual handful of Clinton supporters to overturn and disregard every vote for Obama in every state of America.
An attempt to buy the Presidency
When questioned on television about the Pelosi letter, Johnson denied he and his cronies were threatening to stop donating to the Democratic Party should their demands not be met. His story is that acceptance of their proposal will provide delegates and superdelegates with the opportunity to analyse, to evaluate and then consider all of the factors before making a final decision as to which candidate to support. Sound familiar? Of course it does. These are the type of standover tactics for which the Clinton’s are well known. It represents in reality an attempt to buy the Presidency by de facto means. In stark contrast, Obama’s campaign is funded and owned by more than a million people to date, not by big corporate interests who favour the Clinton way of doing business.
This latest Clinton stunt, can only be seen as the deck chairs on the Titanic strategy. I predicted it might come to this when I wrote about the Clintons in mid February. In evidence I include a brief excerpt from my article “Clintonism: Politics without Principle” produced on the 19th February 2008. To date one major Clinton attempt to change rules has failed. i.e. redoing Michigan and Florida. But Clinton did try. This is more of the same.
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