Sunday, January 13, 2008

Clinton Machine Sues Las Vegas Culinary Worker's Union

Before the caucuses are caucused, before the votes are voted the Clinton Machine, in the guise of the Nevada state teachers union and six Las Vegas area residents, is suing to stop the at-large caucus voting that will take place in nine LV strip hotels. Ben Smith at Politico has some good links for this story including one to the actual complaint papers.

Last year, the Nevada Democratic Committee voted to establish special voting districts within the hotels because many of the 60,000 strong Culinary Union workers would not be able to take the time off to go to their home districts to caucus. The decision to sue may have nothing to do with the fact that the Culinary Workers Union is the largest union in Nevada and has endorsed Obama while the smaller Teachers Union endorsed Clinton.

Caucusing requires that people stand up in public and cast their vote. In a group dynamic, such as a union, those with weak constitutions, a desire to please, a herd mentality, and simply a need to keep one's union job may cause many members to publicly endorse a candidate they may not otherwise support in private. If all 60,000 CWU members vote as the union has "recommended" Obama automatically gets the lion's share of the Nevada count.

The suit doesn't mention the a priori unfairness of the caucus system, or the intimidation factor when caucuses are orchestrated by large unions with possible ties to organized crime. Nor does the suit say anything about the concepts of "one person, one vote" and secret ballots which many people still hold sacred. Apparently, judging by the number of Democrat caucuses popping up around the country, the Democrat Party does not hold these concepts with anything but disdain.

The lawsuit does not even mention that the at-large caucus districts are really just Union meetings to rubber stamp the leadership, probably because that is also what the teachers union is doing. Rather, it seems to be about sheer numbers. The Culinary Union is bigger than the Teachers Union and a pre-emptive strike might even things out if the hotel workers can't vote. Maybe the suit will even toss the win to Clinton. Nah, that's not it.

It's important to point out and for all to remember, the Clinton campaign has nothing, nothing at all, to do with this lawsuit and denies any knowledge of it nor of the Clinton supporters who have brought suit. Doesn't really matter, though; the Clintonistas would deny everything anyway.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Gayle said...

You're absolutely right, Indigo... they would deny everything because "denial" is their middle name!

Excellent post. I really have had a hard time understanding caucuses, and this explained something I didn't know. I didn't realize everyone could see your vote. That sure sounds - as your post indicates - that voters can be pressured, therefor how can the results of a caucus be taken seriously? It sounds unconstitutional to me.

dcat said...

Funny how I was just emailing my one brother over this. Not to mention a freind here in my neighborhood is upset and wanted to get together to see who is going along with all of this!

It is unconstitutional!!!

It's snowing so our evening jaunt is on hold. Too many democrats out and can't drive in the snow!

Indigo Red said...

It's more like non-constitutional. Parties and their candidate nomination process is not in the Constitution, therefore are rights of the people or States to practice. As such, only States have the right to make law governing the poltical party process as they see fit.

The Federal government only guarantees that the governmental systen is a Republic, not a democracy. One person, one vote and secret ballots are only voting traditions and recent traditions at that.