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  Dems fight off anti-Obama delegates
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AuthorCHARLES MAHTESIAN
News DateMonday, July 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Arkansas presidential primary took place nearly two months ago, but it’s still not entirely over.

The state Democratic Party is fighting to dismiss a federal suit brought by John Wolfe, the Democrat who won 42 percent against President Barack Obama and is demanding his four delegates.

From a Times Picayune report:


The Arkansas Democratic Party is arguing in federal district court in Little Rock that if it awarded John Wolfe Jr. any delegates to the Democratic National Convention based on his 42 percent performance in the state's binding Democratic primary in May, it would risk a challenge to the seating of the whole delegation when President Barack Obama is renominated in Charlotte in September. It is asking the court to dismiss Wolfe's suit against them.

The Arkansas party denied Wolfe delegates because he failed to file a delegate selection plan committing to "assist the Arkansas Democratic Party in meeting demographic representation goals reflected in the Affirmative Action Plan." The state party's goals are that the national convention delegation be 23.7 percent African-America, 9 percent Hispanic, 1.35 percent Native-American, 1.95 percent Asian-American and Pacific Islander, 23.5 percent seniors, 7.8 percent Arkansans with disabilities, 5.8 percent lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, 12.7 percent young Democrats and 7.8 percent veterans.

The suit is about the last thing a southern state Democratic Party needs to be entangled in at the moment. Not only is Wolfe making the party expend its limited resources to defend against the claim, the state party is forced to use the kind of race and identity based argument that has been used to hurt Democrats with white voters across the South.

Perhaps worst of all, it's taking place at a time when many Arkansas Democrats need to be weatherproofing their candidacies for November since the top of the ticket is likely to be a serious drag.
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D:239ArmyDem ( 5910.5693 points)
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Mon, July 9, 2012 03:22:53 AM UTC0:00
Imperator: Saddam gone. Functional representative government left in place. Troops withdrawn. Check, check, check.

I can't stop laughing my ass off at this one. You really have no idea.

 
D:1989RBH ( 1271.2517 points)
Mon, July 9, 2012 08:17:07 PM UTC0:00
Scott³: Wait. The party most obsessed with race, gender, sexual orientation and pigeon-holing all of us into neat little boxes and does more harm to general harmony among us all doesn't actually follow it's stupid quotas?

we just voted for them straight up at a state convention. Some of them mentioned various things to self-ID with various groups. The world didn't end.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Mon, July 9, 2012 08:18:23 PM UTC0:00
The party most obsessed with sexual orientation are the Democrats?

 
IND:1196Monsieur ( 5890.8623 points)
Mon, July 9, 2012 08:35:07 PM UTC0:00
Perhaps, but in a different way. You see, the Democrats are obsessed with ensuring those with non-heterosexual orientations have representation, while the Republicans are obsessed with ensuring those with non-heterosexual orientations have as few rights and protections as possible. Clearly the Democratic party is the world's worst political party.

 
D:6086Jason ( 7718.4429 points)
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Mon, July 9, 2012 09:08:24 PM UTC0:00
Get rid of affirmative action, allow gay marriage.

Compromise.

 
D:478Bob ( 2253.6577 points)
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Tue, July 10, 2012 12:18:55 AM UTC0:00
Let's have fun and name all the future categories Democrats will use!

Obese Americans

Would that make Chris Christie a token affirmative action hire?

 
R:4BILLYW ( 0.9924 points)
Tue, July 10, 2012 02:11:30 AM UTC0:00
If only I was a young African American gay from a Pacific Island that was a veteran I could also be a delegate.

 
D:411Picimpalious ( 1229.6810 points)
Tue, July 10, 2012 02:22:05 AM UTC0:00
Delegates to the DNC have no real power.

 
Un:1317Patrick ( 3338.9863 points)
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Tue, July 10, 2012 02:58:16 AM UTC0:00
At the GOP convention they don't care what shade of white you are.