I was also present at yesterdays SDC elections in the IBEW hall as a newly elected SDC member. [ballot – 4th Middlesex].
I was the only SDC member there wearing a John Edwards 08 button. Certainly, I was perhaps the most relaxed participant as a result.
In my opinion, the main reason Arthur Powell won was in large part that he is co-chariman of the Communications Committee to the 400 member SDC and pretty much EVERYONE hears from Arthur more then once a week, over a period of years. I am not intending to detract from Arthur’s hard work as a volunteer, his unfailingly courteous and adult demeanor, and the fact that he had written and called all 400 delegates more than once in the last couple of weeks – all true.
As it happened, I voted for Cahill because I believed then and now he was “truly unpledged” and when I vote for an unpledged delegate, I want that delegate to actually be unpledged. I personally had read Cahill’s letter to delegates and really liked the mature, diplomatic tone of his speech to us. For a one minute speech, I thought it was quite “meaty”.
Nothing against Arthur, who is definitely a work horse volunteer, and class act.
But the reality is that most SDC members really did know Arthur personally because of his role in the Communications Committee. They also were not looking for a “truly neutral and unpledged” superdelegate – though I WAS.
Further, my desire that the “superdelegate ad-on” actually BE unpledged was probably a minority desire.
For the two “camps” the unpledged delegate was probably viewed as a prize to be won.
That all being said, I hope to see the Obama camp courteously courting the Clinton camp – and the Clinton camp courteously courting the Obama camp because EITHER we all work together like grown ups or we will have president McSame McSaber and more years of the United States sliding into fascism. Do you REALLY want a President McCain?
As it is – there is a terrible mess and muddle to clean up in this United States on the national level and it WILL take all of us – not just one hobbled camp or the other.
If some of the best and brightest and hardest working sit out the national election nursing grudges – we and the world will all suffer because those grudges will help elect McCain.