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Obama Reinstates CA Delegates 

By dusk on Wednesday, the California Obama campaign had purged almost all

progressive activists from its delegate candidate lists. Names of candidates, people who had filed to run to represent Obama at the August Democratic Party National Convention, disappeared, not one by one, but hundreds at a time, from the Party web site listing the eligibles.

The list of Obama delegate hopefuls in one northern California congressional district went from a robust 100 to an anemic 23, while in southern California, the list in Congressman Waxman’s district almost slipped out of sight, plunging from a high of 91 candidates to 17. Gone were strong women with independent political bases.

Who was left standing, still in the running for the Sunday delegate caucuses?

The bundlers, the men and women who skirt campaign finance laws by bundling cash, a bundle of $2,000 here and a bundle of $2,000 there -- and some, though

certainly not all, of the Obama volunteers, loyalists from day one.

Who was kicked to the curb? Brian Leubitz, a Calitics blogger with a mighty pen, Tad Daley, former policy advisor to Cranston and Kucinich and a career fellow with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Alan Toy, a disabled rights activist and Chair of the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Santa Monica, and a nameless, yet tireless grassroots volunteer who toiled nights making precinct maps …. and me.

Marcy Winograd.

I campaigned for Obama -- went on Pacifica’s KPFK twice, once on election day, to promote his candidacy, to tell the world he really was our hope, the candidate who could galvanize the young and the man who could strengthen an ever-expanding progressive base in the Democratic Party. I urged our Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles chapter to endorse him and we did.

Obama for President.

But the Obama campaign was worried their delegates would switch at a brokered convention.

After the first round of voting, if no clear winner emerges, there is no such thing as a pledged delegate – according to Hillary Caesar Clinton.

Did I take an Obama loyalty oath? Even better.

Two years ago I picketed a Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Hancock Park and was quoted telling the Los Angeles Times. “Hillary Clinton led us to war. She is not the kind of leader we need.”

I sit on the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party and will vote in

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Comment from Ratings:   is installed... by Jay Farrington on Wednesday, Aug 6, 2008 at 1:52:45 PM
if the liberal purging is true this confirms most ... by liberalsrock on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 7:52:01 AM
About that "Winnowing" charge by akogun ... by Laura Roslin on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 5:56:54 PM
Exactly how did the "campaign" do this?... by Robert Sargent on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 8:17:47 AM
We certainly could use a bit more information. If ... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 4:47:32 PM
Don't you realize that it doesn't make one... by JC Garrett on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 6:35:48 AM
The California Obama campaign was flooded wit... by Laura Roslin on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:14:21 PM
All too often we are caught up in the moment and w... by ardee D. on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 8:26:30 AM
"what we wish so hard to believe we make fact... by Robert Sargent on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 12:31:16 PM
it was not . You are exactly the type of voter to ... by ardee D. on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:15:12 PM
What world do you live in? Don't you think the... by JC Garrett on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 6:48:48 AM
as is her rival for office as well. Senator Obama ... by ardee D. on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 9:36:35 AM
There is still an opportunity for progressives in ... by Jeanette Doney on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 8:27:44 AM
As one of those on the cut list, I want to say tha... by Linda Sutton on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 8:36:39 AM
...got no response. Makes me curious. I hate it wh... by Robert Sargent on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 12:42:14 PM
 Disruptive, provocateur propaganda. In other... by Sharon heck on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 10:19:01 AM
Some of us already knew that because we followed t... by Michael Cavlan on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 10:33:07 AM
that the many hundreds of delegate candidates were... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 12:15:51 PM
But I really don't understand how delegates ca... by erik mouse on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 12:26:42 PM
have been purging potential progressive delegates.... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 4:25:16 PM
In a climate like this, where Obama has 2 opponent... by Wanakee on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 1:34:12 PM
Marcy, I like you very much. You opposed Obam... by Zan on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 3:38:15 PM
Marcy didn't oppose Obama. She said she campaigned... by Ty on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 3:53:24 PM
Campaigns have the right to remove anyone from the... by Carissa Snedeker on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 4:33:09 PM
Given the all out campaign, by the Clintons, to tr... by im4unity on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 5:48:55 PM
It was the Obama Handlers that were filming t... by Blackcat Soda on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 8:34:28 PM
Each time that half of Obama supporters that displ... by johncp on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:11:44 PM
When ones support for a candidate transcends the l... by ardee D. on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:28:10 PM
Is really quite ugly. "Tiny Resume"...I ... by Robert Sargent on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 10:56:33 PM
but you seem to be devolving into a moron.... by ardee D. on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:31:30 AM
I worked for a grassroots campaign and as soon as ... by MysticGem on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 7:43:40 PM
Hi, I'm afraid I can't follow the accusati... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 9:52:51 PM
The problem with grassroots campaigns is that, eve... by Richard Volaar on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 10:23:15 PM
Obama is often accused of not being willing to do ... by Robert Sargent on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:47:49 PM
and you are living in a world of your own design a... by ardee D. on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 9:40:01 AM
STEVEN MAVIGLIOObama Campaign Reinstates Delegate ... by Idealistic Progressive on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:41:44 PM
All of you out there forget that we have a slick i... by vincent passiatore on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 12:03:55 AM
from the CA Dem web siteListed below is the final ... by Idealistic Progressive on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 12:06:33 AM
I lived in California for 12 years before I moved ... by Skeeter Sanders on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 4:55:14 AM
into the underbelly of the poster. This post revea... by ardee D. on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:33:47 AM
What kind of self-pitying hogwash is this? Candida... by JC Garrett on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 6:21:36 AM
Obama has "taker" written all over him.&... by Richard Wise on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 7:20:40 AM
Will progressives finally wake up?  Obama is ... by Bill Samuel on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 10:34:02 AM
Yup, That is why I support the REAl progressi... by Michael Cavlan on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 10:51:54 AM
It was only after the primary that she supported O... by Zan on Friday, Apr 11, 2008 at 12:35:42 PM

 

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