I am a documentary filmmaker, a Democrat. During the 2008 primaries, I was asked by a former congressional investigator to watch for and document any voter fraud occurring in the Democratic Party caucuses. Complaints had been filed, claims that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote but lost the caucus vote.
What I witnessed in Texas — and later in many other states — were things I could never forgive.
The New Black Panther case — think that was an isolated incident? It certainly wasn’t. That type of lawless behavior got started in the primaries. I listened to first-hand accounts of Obama’s supporters threatening Clinton’s. I heard accounts of Obama supporters stopping fellow Democrats from voting Hillary by any means possible — intimidation, locking doors to prevent entry, sending elderly voters to the wrong address, putting false start times on buildings, fabricating counts, using false information on caucus sign-in sheets, even stealing and altering caucus results.
I recorded eyewitness accounts of people being bussed in from out of state to caucus in Indiana.
And in Kansas. And Iowa.
I heard of addresses and names being copied out of the phone book to nudge the results towards Obama. I heard of Obama supporters being allowed to vote without ID. Heard of Hillary voters being flat-out lied to: told they were not on the list and unable to vote, when they were.
In El Paso, at a 13-delegate precinct, Obama supporters attempted to award him 19 delegates.
I was horrified that this was occurring in America and that it would continue on at the Democratic National Convention. Worst of all, our protected free press was nowhere to be found: Hillary’s team tried to alert the media, but very few listened.
Caucuses are undemocratic — politicians know this, but not all Americans, and you simply must. The documentary has a clip of Gloria Allred saying: “Lets get a Democrat in the White House, and then we will take care of the caucus.” This has, of course, not occurred — in fact, quite the opposite. A DNC committee co-chaired by Claire McCaskill has since voted to establish more caucuses, minimizing what transpired and disenfranchising the thousands of voters who sent complaints to Howard Dean, the DNC chair at the time.
Why did a party, why did our country tolerate this behavior, which deserved nothing less than a protest march on Washington? Are this many Americans comfortable with abandoning the foundation of our republic?