Friday, February 26, 2010

IPOPA on Target

Chris Worden over at iPOPA has done a tremendous analysis of the Brian Williams campaign's attempt to stuff the slating ballot box with votes. iPOPA does political analysis so well, I can't even improve on it. To read the post, click here.


XQRX912 said...

As the slating process appears to violate national rules against discrimination on the basis of economic status; and, as the slating process has no permanent rules, can't really legitimately criticize someone for trying to win under such rules by having supporters seek to be "delegates" i.e. com/vpc. Sour grapings aside. Why fault someone for playing [by the] rules.

Anonymous said...

XQRX912, the slating conventions operate under rules established by the Indiana State Central Committee and the Marion County Democratic Central Committee. Please exlain how you possibly think the rules discriminate against people based on economic status. If you have ever attended a Dem convention, rally, party or meeting, it is perfectly obvious that people of all levels of economic status are represented.

XQRX912 said...

Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. Slating fees discriminate against those who would be candidates, not those who would be [delegates with a vote] committeepersons. The discrimination [slating fees based upon a percentage of the salary, or whatever game the Rug is imposing now] works exactly the same way as a poll tax on voters except it is a participation tax or charge imposed on someone who wants to be a candidate for the party's endorsement [i.e. one whose name will appear on the "slate"] Slating fees are no different from poll taxes in their effect to exclude the poor. It seems to obvious to warrant much argument that charging large sums of money prevents those without large sums of money [i.e. economic status. being poor means you have no money] is a rule that discriminates on the basis of someone's economic status of not having sufficient funds to pay the slating fee. You don't have $10K or $12K [economic status] or whatever it is, you don't get to participate as a candidate [discrimination against participation]. Ask questions about the fan dance that the Judges do regarding their "non-slating" fees. I'm quite familiar with how slating works and how it is "worked" and how it was intended to work. Wouldn't it be nice if someone were to write a history of slating. It is now rare and seems archaic particularly since there are no permanent rules which limit the almost always abused discretion of the county chair. But then lobbyists are not to be trusted.