Updated- let me state for the record that I understand that candidates do publish policy books to get the platform out to the public and showcase their policies, both President Clinton and President Bush did so. My outrage is due to the fact that IMHO the public was misled when the DNC and the Obama campaign invited the voters to meetings to give their input into the platform. The platform itself of course is not book length and the book will cover other aspects of the campaign.
From the DNC’s website
“More than 1,600 listening sessions took place in communities in all 50 states. Nearly 30,000 Americans from all walks of life participated. And these voices are now included in our Party’s Platform. We’d like to thank our hardworking staff, and the members of the Platform Drafting Committee and the full Platform Committee for their efforts to make our Party’s platform a document that’s truly reflective of the Democratic Party’s values and priorities for the American people. http://www.democrats.org/a/2008/08/democratic_part_13.php
In particular I find it very hard to believe that “these voices are now included in our Party’s platform” when the book and the policy it contains are scheduled for publication in early September. Just Sayin.
BAMBOOZLED! I said in yesterday’s post that the platform committee meeting was a rubber stamping ceremony and I am proven correct today. In my morning perusal of the news on the net I came across an article at Fox news entitled “New Obama Book About Campaign Platform to be Released Next Month.” http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/11/new-obama-book-about-campaign-platform-to-be-released-next-month/
I tracked over to Politico for an article by Mike Allen http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12432.html entitled “New Obama Book Coming this Fall.” Now this is rich folks, just rich. Title of the selectee’s book??
“Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise”
Title of the draft platform document rubber stamped on Saturday with no dissent allowed?
Renewing America’s Promise
Allen tells us “The secret project……was launched just a month ago, and got to the printer with no leaks.”
Ok, so if the project was launched a month ago how long has it actually been in the works? And what the hell was the point of asking for input from the public on the platform if the damn book had already been written? I wonder how all those folks who took precious time out of their lives to go and give input into the paltform will feel when they find out that the platform was written and sent to the publisher before the meetings ever took place? Bamboozled I say! Hoodwinked! The damn thing was already written and gone to the publishers and the whole input from the voters thing was just a feel good exercise to try and convince the unsuspecting dupes that the Obama camapaign actually listens to the people.
Allen says Obama wrote the foreword and campaign staffers wrote the policy sections. Now I see why our amendment was declared “out of order.” What a nuisance if the publisher had to reset all that type to include the voice of the people. In this brave new world only one voice is allowed, only one message is to be heard. No dissent will be recognized, nothing must interfere with the best selling author turned presidential pretender’s next big hit.
Vanity- thy name is Obama.