2008 Oh, the Hypocrisy
posted by January 13 at 9:44 AMon
You know in a situation of a caucus, people who work during that time—they’re disenfranchised. People who can’t be in the state or who are in the military, like the son of the woman who was here who is serving in the Air Force, they cannot be present.
That’s not entirely true in Washington, at least—you can have a proxy go to the February 9 caucus for you if you’re in the military (or have a relevant disability, or observe the Sabbath on Saturdays) and you make your request by February 1. But let’s accept the premise. HRC doesn’t want to disenfranchise you. As the Washington Post reports:
Democratic officials [in Nevada], working with national party leaders, came up with the idea of caucusing in the casinos for the first time to increase participation in a town that doesn’t know the meaning of a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday workweek[…]
[On Friday], the Nevada State Education Association contended that Obama and the culinary workers are altogether too friendly, and asked a federal court to shut down the casino caucus sites because, the association said, they give preferential treatment to culinary union members.
State Democratic officials, who had been expecting the suit, said they had worked with each presidential campaign since last spring to craft the process, including the casino precincts, to drum up the largest turnout possible.
“The time for comment or complaint has passed,” the state party said in a statement after the suit was filed by the teachers’ union and several individuals. The union, which has not endorsed a candidate, has some leaders who individually support Clinton. It is using a law firm with at least one prominent lawyer who backs Clinton. (Another teachers’ union, the American Federation of Teachers, has endorsed Clinton and is airing radio ads in Nevada on her behalf.)
Clinton was also endorsed by the New Hampshire NEA, though the national organization has stayed neutral. These unions are generally not Obama fans because he backs merit pay for teachers. Apparently, they dislike him so much that they’d try to prevent his supporters from voting.