I was planning to simply make an entry in my Schadenfreude list today, but as I researched the story it got too colorful, and I got too angry.
Let me preface this by saying that I was a big supporter of John Conyers. He show up at our anti-war protests. He acted like a progressive during the Bush years, even attempting an impeachment – and thus revealing hos complicit Democrats in congress were with Bush’s crimes.
It was for that reason, that his – and his wife’s ugly machinations during the Michigan primaries hurt so much. This felt like a knife in the back to me.
Remember, te DNC chose to discredit the elections of Florida and Michigan as punishment for moving their primaries earlier. Illinois which did the same got away with it – no one even noticed.
The candidates agreed not to campaign in those two states and in Michigan, Obama and Edwards took their names off the ballot. Thanks to the Conyerses the “no campaign pledge was grossly violated in Michigan.
FEMALE: HOW CAN WE VOTE FOR OBAMA ON TUESDAY?
Rep. Conyers: YOU CAN’T. YOU CANNOT EVEN WRITE IN OBAMA’S NAME. IF YOU DO YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT BECAUSE OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN CHOSE NOT TO PLACE HIS NAME ON THE MICHIGAN BALLOT SO AS NOT TO VIOLATE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY RULES. BUT YOU CAN VOTE UNCOMMITTED
Councilwoman Conyers: IF AT LEAST 15% OF THE PEOPLE VOTE UNCOMMITTED, THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MUST SEND THAT PERCENTAGE OF DELEGATES TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION UNCOMMITTED.
The media of course ate it all up, skipping on the illegal and dirty aspect of it leading to this interesting write-up
A spokesman for Monica Conyers joined Rove in offering a blistering assessment of Clinton’s Michigan performance. The spokesman to Monica Conyers also sought to tie the unusually high “uncommitted” vote to the recent Martin Luther King and “fairy tale” comments made by Clinton and her husband, the former president.
“Michigan was the first time, where in effect, the vote was a referendum on the racially insensitive remarks of both candidate Clinton and former President Clinton,” said Sam Riddle, a spokesman for Monica Conyers, “and the verdict rendered by black voters in Michigan was nothing less than a complete rejection of the Clinton candidacy.”
Thus, the media turned another Clinton win (by 15% in a state where she didn’t campaign but was campaigned against) into a defeat.
DNC had all their basis covered so ultimately, it was the RBC who snatched delegates from Hillary (thwarting the will of hundreds of thousand of Michigan voters) and gifted them to Obama.
If you are now angry, here’s some comic relief: Monica Conyers debating middle school kids in a failed PR attempt (about as successful as Michael Scott of The Office”?
And now, for schadenfreude, today’s headline
Conyers’ wife sentenced to 3 yrs
and some of the colorful goings on in the court
As guards cleared the packed courtroom, Monica Conyers yelled that she planned to appeal. The wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, wanted to withdraw her guilty plea, suggesting she was the victim of “badgering” last year when she admitted taking cash to support a Houston company’s sludge contract with the city.
and this is what she did
Conyers’ plea deal was limited to taking bribes to support a contract with Synagro worth $47 million a year. But the recent trial of her former aide, Sam Riddle, exposed a series of purported schemes involving others making payoffs to do business at City Hall.
Prosecutors said Mr. Riddle and Conyers collected $69,500 by shaking people down..
Monica Conyers, you certainly made my Schadenfreude list