Democratic “New Politics” in Texas sabotaging caucuses?

posted at 2:00 pm on March 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats continue their self-immolation in Texas in the run-up to the critical caucuses that will determine whether Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton can claim the win in the Lone Star State. The state party had to counteract e-mails and robocalls that tried to mislead caucusers into thinking the events had been canceled or rescheduled (via Instapundit):

“We have received reports from delegates who have received e-mails saying that conventions have been canceled,” Richie said. “We have also received unconfirmed reports that someone is placing robo-calls claiming to be from the Texas Democratic Party suggesting that county or district conventions have been cancelled.”

The e-mails, at least, appear to be a self-inflicted wound by Clinton’s campaign. Convention delegates who had signed up for Clinton event notices on her Web site late Thursday received notices that their local convention had been canceled. The error occurred when the campaign deleted entries for conventions that had changed times or locations, said Texas field director Mike Trujillo. ….

Clinton state Chairman Garry Mauro said he did not know who was placing the robotic calls, but said he received one that purported to be from the Clinton campaign telling him to attend his convention at 1 p.m. He said that would cause him to miss the convention sign-in that gives him the ability to vote at the convention.

Texas has 67 delegates up for grabs in the caucuses, about a third of their overall total. Clinton won the pledged delegates from the primary in Texas’ strange dual-platform contest, and Obama needs a win in the caucuses to counter Hillary’s momentum from March. If she can out-organize Obama, she can steal a victory from him and continue building an argument that Obama has lost steam — and that the superdelegates should go with the hot hand.

Who made the robocalls? No one knows for sure. It could have been either campaign or a lone nut, although it seems unlikely that someone would spend the money and the time doing that on their own. It has to be someone with the phone numbers of the delegates, which tends to implicate either a campaign or the state party itself.

Either way, it demonstrates how ugly this contest can get. And if the Democrats have no problem with dirty tricks in their intramural fight, just imagine what they’ll contemplate for the general election campaign.


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Local Fort Worth news station had a story of the pending fiasco last night. Lots of gloom and doom about how confused the Dems were about even getting into the convention. Here in Texas we do CF right.

Limerick on March 29, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Robocalls should be simple to trace. Neither side will track it down because they are both afraid it was one of their own people.

JonRoss on March 29, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Either way, it demonstrates how ugly this contest can get. And if the Democrats have no problem with dirty tricks in their intramural fight, just imagine what they’ll contemplate for the general election campaign.

Exactly. And with the Republicans led by gutless wonders, the Dems will walk all over them.

CrimsonFisted on March 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM

The e-mails, at least, appear to be a self-inflicted wound by Clinton’s campaign.

These people can’t even effectively administrate a campaign. How in the heck do they expect to effectively administrate the largest, most complex government on Earth?

Incompetence abounds, as well as malevolence, so it appears.

mojojojo on March 29, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Howard Dean will get this all straightened out I’m sure.

Yarrgggh!

forest on March 29, 2008 at 2:50 PM

What a mess! Rove, you’re a genius. Where do you get those minions of the VRWC…?

CliffHanger on March 29, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Who made the robocalls? No one knows for sure. It could have been either campaign or a lone nut, although it seems unlikely that someone would spend the money and the time doing that on their own. It has to be someone with the phone numbers of the delegates, which tends to implicate either a campaign or the state party itself.

NEVER underestimate Operation: Chaos..

DaveC on March 29, 2008 at 3:07 PM

The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is overrated.

SECOND LOOK AT LIBERAL SELF-IMMOLATION!

Entelechy on March 29, 2008 at 3:08 PM

gotta love the finger wag pic of obama to hillary

haaaaaaaaaaa

Drunk Report on March 29, 2008 at 3:22 PM

SOP for the Dems. Don’t you just love watching them devour their own?

stonemeister on March 29, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Caption for the picture “Wagging the dog bitch Glacier”

Entelechy on March 29, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Caption for the picture “Wag the dog bi**h Glacier”.

Entelechy on March 29, 2008 at 5:48 PM

And the funny thing is that Democrats in this Houston suburban county didn’t need any help screwing the whole thing up themselves, without any help from outsiders.

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RhymesWithRight on March 29, 2008 at 7:02 PM