Sunday, August 27, 2006

"Let the people decide!"

Democrats make very loud noises about democracy -- when it comes to voting machines, socialized medicine, etc., Democratic activists can always be counted on to point out what a majority of voters support (when it's what they want).

However, that's less important, apparently, when it comes to their own electoral processes.more . . .

Patricia Todd, a lesbian who won a tough primary election in Alabama for state legislature in Alabama, was challenged for her victory. Most concede that it was because she was a white woman who won a victory in a majority black district. She was initially disqualified by party power brokers who cited an obscure campaign finance rule which had not been adhered to by any other candidate in any other race in the whole state.

However, the party's executive committee decided to reinstate her as their candidate:

The Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee voted 95-87, mostly along racial lines, to reject the ruling of a subcommittee that had voted to disqualify Todd, who is white, and her black opponent, Gaynell Hendricks, in the race for the House seat from Birmingham's predominantly black District 54.

So in the Democratic Party's own business and in selection of candidates to run in its artificially-protected monopoly environment, the vote which matters most isn't that of everyday party voters, but of the small and exclusive executive committee deep in the party machine, which apparently number under 200 statewide.

Let the people decide, indeed.