Hillary Donors Warn Pelosi: Endorse or We'll Pull Our Money

Election '08

I tried to lay off blogging about the swill coming out of the operation run by Mark Penn and his boss, the Senator from New York, but I simply can't -- the desperation has turned into such scorched-earth campaigning that it's hard to digest. One can only believe that winning at any cost is the mantra going on in that shop.
Take this latest flap -- wealthy donors sending a letter to Nancy Pelosi that's no less than a street-thug mobster bat to the knees, an extortion attempt to silence the Speaker after she stated her opinion about the role of superdelegates: "If the votes of the superdelegates overturn what's happened in the elections, it would be harmful to the Democratic party."

Deep pocket, influential Hillary supporters who are big fundraisers in the party sent out the missive (obtained by TPM Election Central).

From the letter:
We respect those voters and believe that they, like the voters in the states that have already participated, have a right to be heard. None of us should make declarative statements that diminish the importance of their voices and their votes. We are writing to say we believe your remarks on ABC News This Week on March 16th did just that.
...We have been strong supporters of the DCCC. We therefore urge you to clarify your position on super-delegates and reflect in your comments a more open view to the optional independent actions of each of the delegates at the National Convention in August. We appreciate your activities in support of the Democratic Party and your leadership role in the Party and hope you will be responsive to some of your major enthusiastic supporters.
You can read the full statement here.  That sentence I highlighted is there for a reason -- it's poli-speak for "do my bidding or else." Signing the letter -- Marc Aronchick, Clarence Avant, Susie Tompkins Buell, Sim Farar, Robert L. Johnson, Chris Korge, Marc and Cathy Lasry, Hassan Nemazee, Alan and Susan Patricof, JB Pritzker, Amy Rao, Lynn de Rothschild, Haim Saban, Bernard Schwartz, Stanley S. Shuman, Jay Snyder, Maureen White and Steven Rattner.
Whoa. Is that BET magnate Bob Johnson up there on the list? The same Bob Johnson who unleashed this race-tinged attack against Obama?

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