As the world turns from Texas to the next primary and caucus states, let me say, Hillary Clinton ain’t won nothing yet here in Texas. At last word, we were taking the lion’s share of the caucus delegates. They are still counting and I am afraid the Powers-That-Be might try to steal these also. Will they steal the last hope of the poor?
Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
Before Hillary Clinton strut her wings and crow like a rooster-hen on her merry way to the 2008 Democratic nomination, let me say this: It’s not over in Texas. As of this hour, they are still counting the late night caucus votes. It is possible that Hillary Clinton may have won the plurality vote, but Barack Obama might win the caucus delegate vote.
Hillary Clinton chalks us this plurality victory as a boasting right for winning another “big state”. The bottom line is the number of delegates.
The Texas for Obama volunteers fought a good fight to help Barack Obama overcome an original 30% deficit. But last night Hillary Clinton won 51% of the plurality vote, which may translate into an additional 2 delegates from the state. But delegates coming out of precinct caucus favored Obama by 52%, which could translate into 2 or more delegates the other way.
Eddie Griffin is one of the Tarrant County Precinct elected delegates for Obama. This is the first part of the story of our last stand in Texas.
The Powers-That-Be set out to stop the Obama Express. We would be naïve to think Barack Obama does not have powerful adversaries. But the Powers-That-Be are so sneaky, secretive, and deliberate that when they throw a rock and hide their hands, they think nobody can see them.
They create delusive appearances of fair and equal. Yet, they have robbed, stolen, and cheated all of their lives. Why should we think that, all of a sudden, they are going to begin to act honestly? They have not an honest bone in their body.
Barack Obama ran up against those Powers-That-Be in Texas, and so did we all.
He that is without sin cast the first stone.
It was not enough for the mass media to find a clean and refreshing candidate with a lot of hope. No, the networks had to try to massacre Obama’s untarnished character.
But I remember an Obama speech where he admitted, “I am not a perfect man, and I probably win not be a perfect president… but you will always know where I stand and I will listen to your concerns, everyday that I am in the Whitehouse.”
The mote in eye of Barack Obama is a beam in Hillary Clinton’s eye.
It is not enough for Obama to recognize a real estate deal with a friend of dubious character as a “bone-headed mistake”. Now they would either hold Barack accountable to someone else’s hidden character, or make false pretenses of corruption.
Hillary Clinton opted to do the latter, with a closet full of dead men’s bones.
[Continue at Part 2]
What Barack Obama Needs to Do
By Eddie Griffin
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Rosalyn writes: I am so ashamed to be a Texan today! I want Mr. Obama to know that he should have won the state of Texas. I have family and friends all over the state of Texas who are all saying the same thing. First of all, conservatives like Rush Limbaugh encouraged Republicans to vote for Hillary in the primaries and I know that some did. Those same people did not want to commit enough to return to the caucuses. The support for Mr. Obama at the caucuses was overwhelming compared to little or no support for Hillary Clinton. People in Texas are so discouraged. We do not believe the outcome is accurate and trust me when I say that the Democratic Party had better be very careful with assuming that voters will continue to support a dirty party… If Mr. Obama wants to win, it's time for him to pressure Ms. Clinton with the hard questions.
Eddie Griffin responds:
There is no one in this whole wide world that is more disappointed at Obama losing Texas it is Eddie Griffin. After all, I saw what they did to the image of his character within the last 72 hours of the March 4 primaries.
Let me say that everybody on the Obama Team fought a good fight. In the end, they say, Hillary Clinton won Texas. She won a total of 2 candidates by plurality vote. We, of the Obama Team, is fighting to gain the caucus delegate vote. It looks like we at least gained back the 2 lost delegates in the precinct caucuses. But it was an ugly fight in Texas on convention night.
There were hundreds of complaints filed with the Elections Administrators. This was a Texas nightmare, of which we warned the Tarrant County Commissioners.
I share in your passion and also in your belief, when you write:
I am encouraging people to keep the faith and to get more involved in the fight. We see that Mr. Obama is a gentleman, but do not ever congradulate cheaters. They are so comfortable with stealing votes and there is no honor in that. That alone is why so many Americans have not voted previously.
As I told others, we had a three-to-one advantage on the ground. It showed in early voting, where Obama immediately opened up a 50,000 vote lead. We won the precinct caucus that night. So, how did we lose the mass vote? I have speculated that question, but there are some real factors that contributed to Obama’s defeat.
What Barack Obama Must Do
Keep the high road and keep the hope alive. Never mind that they threw everything at you, including the Kitchen Sink. Never stoop as low as your opponent.
Swallow your pride, if you see your lose in Texas as a defeat. Run on for the helpless and the hopeless. Keep your head straight and be proud to be the first African-American President of the United States.
[Continue Part 3]