Well, the “count every vote” mantra of Democrats doesn’t seem to be working out for them so well, given what appears to be some rather unusual behavior at this weekends DPVA Convention as reported by Washington Post’s Virginia Politics Blog. Vote results getting announced before the vote counting is completed? Maybe we ought to be charitable to our friends on the other side of the political spectrum and recognize that trying to manage the election of twelve national delegates out of one hundred and fifty candidates when strict racial and gender quotas were in place. The inclusion of identity politics in the delegate eligibility requirements certainly made this selection more difficult. That hardly explains the DPVA announcing results before the ballots were counted, however. This looks a whole lot like the establishment keeping out those upstarts who might threaten their position.
From Tim Craig:
About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, as workers were removing the stage in the convention hall, Yates said a party official emerged from the area where the votes were being counted and said, “We aren’t finished counting, but we are confident the slate won.”
“How can they declare the slate had won, even before the votes were counted?” asked Yates, a concern echoed by several others on Sunday and Monday. “It was just so chaotic towards the end.”
Stoney said the preliminary vote totals were announced before all the votes were counted because it was clear the slate had prevailed.
“We count slate votes first,” Stoney said. “There is no use to keep counting when it is clear the slate won.”
Stoney noted that Kaine and the Obama campaign put together a slate to make sure Virginia’s delegation conformed to Democratic National Committee regulations on race and gender.
I can certainly understand why some Democrats feel that they’re now done with DPVA. I’ve seen some goofy things happen at conventions, but this is ridiculous. As long as Dickie Cranwell is running the show at DPVA, I suppose these things are almost inevitable.
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