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Saturday, June 28, 2008

This is How You Facilitate Party Discipline

When pledging to go against the party nominee, even after you have agreed to support them, you should lose your credential to attend the National Convention. That's what happened to Debra Bartoshevich, a National Democratic Committee delegate, who publicly vowed that she would vote for John McCain, over the Democratic Party's nominee, Barack Obama.

Looks like the Wisconsin Democratic Party is going to make ole girl pay for her rebellion:

A Democratic National Convention delegate pledged to Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes to fight off an attempt by Wisconsin Democrats to take away her credentials because of her past statement that she would vote for John McCain if Clinton wasn't the nominee.

Well, you really don't help your cause in keeping your national credential when you engage is acts like this:

Wisconsin Democratic party chairman Joe Wineke said Friday he's confident Bartoshevich won't be at the national convention. Wineke said it's clear Bartoshevich violated party rules by failing to honor a pledge of intent to vote for the party's presidential ticket in the fall.

Wineke added that Bartoshevich would not have been chosen to be a delegate if people had known beforehand that she would vote for McCain if Obama were nominated.

Bartoshevich told the newspaper she felt Clinton was being treated unfairly and she questioned Obama's experience. She also said she had signed up with "Citizens for McCain," encouraged by her sister, who has served in Iraq and backs the Republican.

This is how you facilitate party discipline - you let renegades know that there will be consequences and repercussions for pulling stunts like this.

If only Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi could do likewise, we'd have the Democratic Party we've always wanted.

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