The Democratic National Convention Reportedly Bars Two Male Delegates From Vermont And Orders The Substitution Of Female Delegates

2016_Democratic_National_Convention_LogoThere is a little reported story out of the Democratic National Convention where two Sanders delegates have been barred from attending the event. The problem was not their credentials or their conduct. State Sen. Tim Ashe (right below) and Ken Dean are men and the DNC ruled that there were simply too many of that kind in the delegation. Vermont was ordered to replace them with women, any women, so long as the delegation was equal. Ashe and Dean have filed challenges for good reason.

TAsheCoupled with a growing controversy over the determined effort of the Democrats not to release a list of donors to the media, this is hardly a good story to trigger days before the opening of convention. The national party appears to be imposing a quota system on delegates based on gender despite the fact that such delegates can claim that they are qualified through the democratic process. After all Dean and Ashe were elected as delegates on June 11. Then, on July 5, the state party was ordered to remove them due to their gender deficiency.

Of course, the infamous superdelegates remain untouchable. It is just those elected by the people that can be negated solely on the basis for their gender. Notably, eight of 10 Vermont superdelegates are men.

The Democratic party leadership appears to be moving away from the fight against gender discrimination in guaranteeing equal opportunity to the fight for gender equality with the use of quotas to force gender balance. Ironically, it was Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in United States v. Virginia (1996) who warned that “Today’s skeptical scrutiny of official action denying rights or opportunities based on sex responds to volumes of history.” Not only are these delegates saying that they are being denied position due to their gender, but the DNC is negating the choice of Vermont voters — male and female. There is such a thing as individual achievement and choice. The Vermont voters are allowed to select people on the basis for their individual merits rather than categorical exclusions based on race, gender, religion, or other immutable characteristics.

This point was made by the Supreme Court in University of California v. Bakke (1978):

[R]ace, like gender and illegitimacy, . . . is an immutable characteristic which its possessors are powerless to escape or set aside. While a classification is not per se invalid because it divides classes on the basis of an immutable characteristic, see supra at 355-356, it is nevertheless true that such divisions are contrary to our deep belief that “legal burdens should bear some relationship to individual responsibility or wrongdoing,” . . . and that advancement sanctioned, sponsored, or approved by the State should ideally be based on individual merit or achievement, or at the least on factors within the control of an individual.

Those concerns are heightened in my view when alleged gender discrimination negates the results of a democratic process like delegate selection.

What do you think?

230 thoughts on “The Democratic National Convention Reportedly Bars Two Male Delegates From Vermont And Orders The Substitution Of Female Delegates”

  1. Rose, The tape speaks for itself. Your propaganda, editing the tape right BEFORE Obama starts cracking jokes, says it all. Then diverting to where the press conference was held and if questions were asked is propagandist 101. On this we agree, all should watch the video and see for themselves, Obama start talking about Munich, crack a joke, and then go right back to Munich. That FACT is irrefutable. You have to see it, reading the transcript does not show his face.

    Nice try. Now go back to reading your talking points from Lady Macbeth.

  2. I will check back after the convention and take a look at the polls.People switch their names quickly here but the message is always the same. The democrats will lose. It was the same with Obama in 2012. In the end the fascist Trump will unite the democrats. Americans have not yet developed an appetite for nazi salutes, antisemitism ad white supremacy.

  3. Registered Democrats are flipping out right now all over social media ! They are saying the party is corrupt trash and they are done !

  4. data? Are you serious? Have you read ANY of the DNC emails being leaked today?????

    The Democrat Party is………………D E A D

    Stick a fork in em !

  5. Mitch, That is your narrative but where is the proof? I think they probably will win the presidency and pick up a few senate and house seats. Look at the Cook Report, 538 or Larry Sabato’s work. At this point in the election the data does not support your narrative. It is subject to change but today it does not.

  6. Have you even read any of the 20,000 emails that Wikileaks released?

    The entire Democrat primary was completely rigged. They had people in Sanders camp that were feeding info to DNC/Hillary. They were spreading propaganda. They were freakin rigging Media coverage !

    Dont take my word for it, go look yourself !!

  7. They might as well Swarthmore. They are going to get crushed nationally in every election

    Democrats are leaving the party in droves today

  8. Mitch, Have they cancelled the convention and conceded to Trump?

  9. Swarthmore clearly hasnt read a damn thing about #DNCLeaks

    The Democrat party is DEAD


    as in Rest in Peace or Rest in Pieces

    Wikileaks just blew up the Democrat party

  10. ” “The former reporter for the Washington Post ripped into Trump, telling the hosts that “very little truth comes out of his mouth.” He also stated that Trump has “shown himself throughout this campaign to be a pathological liar.”

    ‘Really, this is about a candidate for president of the United States who does not believe in a free press. He keeps talking about changing libel laws and suing the press and has instituted many, many lawsuits throughout his career. The underlying story here is who is Donald Trump? And I will say, and have said, that we are seeing the nominee of a major political party for the first time in our history, who is a neofascist, a particular kind of neofascist — a strong man who doesn’t believe in democratic institutions.’

    Bernstein continued, with what amounted to a “call to arms” for journalists to begin examining the things Trump says with greater scrutiny:”

  11. “A topic about the degree to which the Republicon Convention was similar to the Nazi Party in 1933 would have been relevant today and current. Trump is like Hitler.” Al Reardon Yep. The nazi salute was given on stage at the republican convention .Ninety percent plus of the Jewish vote is going to Clinton.

  12. A topic about the degree to which the Republicon Convention was similar to the Nazi Party in 1933 would have been relevant today and current. Trump is like Hitler. He already has the Patriot Act when he gets in power and can trample on your human rights. He will go for more Congressional acts to gain more unilateral power and then he will begin the new version of the Holocaust. First, he will start on the Muslims and I won’t say anything because I am not a Muslim. Then he will go after what he refers to behind closed doors as The Friggin Mexicans, and I won’t say anything because I am not one. Then he will come after the librarians and I will then object because I am one. I did not misspell and mean “libertarians”. The librarians control some books and a new breed has some control over the internet. Netflix will eliminate all the WWII stories about the Holocaust. I learned some of this in DC last night in my efforts to overhear the Trump team.

  13. @Rose

    Hateful??? BWAHAHAHAHA! No, Rose, my view is realistic and to the point. Liberals always dive into “hateful” and “divisive” and “you lack empathy” when their positions are made to look just what they are — stupid, ridiculous, unworkable, and harmful.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  14. @Rose

    You said, “And a lot of poor people in Mexico were helped by Nafta. We’re not doing so great but I suspect a lot of really poor, poor people worldwide have been helped by world trade.”

    Sorry, but Mexico has its own President to look after them. Obama isn’t the President of the World, or of Mexico. If he wants to be, he should have quit, and moved to Mexico City and ran for office. And as far as Mexico’s President, what does he do to protect the Mexican people??? Well, for one, he DEPORTS THE CRAP out of illegal aliens who sneak into Mexico.

    You ideas about helping the world are great, but charity starts at home. There are areas of our country that look like third world countries. We need those jobs here. We do not a president and a party that puff up their own self-esteem by transcending all that narrow minded nationalism.

    What you support is what has ruined this country. If you want to help Mexico, then move your a$$ to Mexico and start helping them down there!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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