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Gore Vidal et al to Obama: Do Not Concede!

An Open Letter to Senator Obama and the Democratic Leadership:
On Election Night, DO NOT CONCEDE!

“Eight years is too much” is how Barack Obama explained why we must win the coming election and begin to restore America. But, even if we receive the most votes, will we win the election?

Both of the last two elections were conceded by the Democratic presidential candidate. The 2004 election was handed to George Bush while votes were still being counted in closely-fought Ohio. While the 2000 election was contested to the Supreme Court, it too
was ultimately conceded to Bush “for the good of the country.”

Some good.

Numerous politicians, investigators and authors, including Robert Kennedy, Jr., agree the 2004 election was stolen, not only in Ohio but in several other battleground states. Tactics included purging of legitimate voters and the use of nefarious voting software--but when even these actions did not yield the required numbers, Republican election officials simply changed the vote tallies in several states, all without a peep from the Democratic Party.

In the time since the last general election the public has learned much about these scandals, which have led some states to reject electronic touchscreen voting (and which caused the infamous Diebold voting machines corporation to hide behind a new corporate
name,) yet the Democratic Party seems to have learned nothing.

If we cannot afford another Republican administration, we cannot afford a third concession in the face of election fraud. Already there is evidence of massive fraud such as voter purging and caging of Democratic voters, and “flipping” of votes in early voting on electronic touchscreen machines. It is reasonable to once again expect further manipulation on election night by some Republican operatives and election officials, as was seen in 2004; should we also expect our Democratic Party leaders and candidates to repeat history, by once again conceding in the face of such blatant fraud? Senator Obama, we need you, our Party and all candidates to stand firm, come what may on election night. You ask us to work for you, contribute to you--and to have your back; we ask that you promise to have our back: We ask that you PLEDGE TO STAND FIRM, AND NOT CONCEDE THE COMING ELECTION in the face of election irregularities, no matter how long it takes to contest such fraud, while there remains any doubt as to any part of the process. Be assured, Democratic voters will be more--not less--energized if we see you promise to stand firm.

Senator Obama, if there is any reason to contest the election,

Signed: (Titles for identification purposes only)
Gore Vidal, Author
Bob Fitrakis, Professor of Political Science, Columbus State Community College, Attorney; Editor of The Free Press (
Harvey Wasserman, Senior Editor,, Author of SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth
Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, Author of Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Election
Tim Carpenter, Director, Progressive Democrats of America
Mimi Kennedy, Chair, National Advisory Board, Progressive Democrats of America
David Swanson, Co-Founder, After Downing Street
Eric Bauman, Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Garry S. Shay, Member, Democratic National Committee (CA)
Lead Chair, Rules Committee, California Democratic Party
Jo Olson, MD, Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
Mal Burnstein, Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
Marcy Winograd, Executive Board representative, California Democratic Party, 41st AD, Former Chair, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles
David Earnhardt, Filmmaker, “Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections”
Don Goldmacher, Chair, Election Integrity, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
Michael Jay, Progressive Democrats of America, Special Projects, Former Delegate, California Democratic Party, 42nd AD
Sheri Myers, Director, “Wake Up and Save Your Country"
Robert A. Feuer, Former Chairman, Stockbridge, MA Town Democratic Committee
Thomas Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Region 3 Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair, Irish American Caucus, California Democratic Party
Howard Jennings, PDA-Virginia, State Co-Coordinator
Sarah Stott, Chapter Chair, PDA-Virginia
Lisa Pease, Co-editor, “The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X”
Cindy Asner, Former Delegate, California Democratic Party, Member, National Advisory Board, Progressive Democrats of America
Julie Lopez Dad, President, Santa Monica Democratic Club, Chair, 41st AD Committee, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Dr. Bill Honigman, PDA California State Coordinator and Orange County Chapter Leader, Delegate, California Democratic Party, 73rd AD
Linda Milazzo, Senior Editor,, Blogger, Huffington Post
Rady Ananda, Senior Editor,
Jan Baumgartner, Managing Editor,
Cheryl Biren-Wright, Managing Editor,
Sherry Healy, Co-Founder California Election Protection Network, Coordinator, Election Defense Alliance
Laura Bonham, Summit County, UT Democratic Party Chairperson
Albert E. Fairchild, Retired Foreign Service Officer
Dorathea Peters, Precinct Captain, Alexandria, VA Democratic Committee


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This doesn't mean that judges won't or don't erroneously consider concessions as factors, equitable or otherwise, but there's no law on this.

The office, whatever it is, is the PEOPLE'S OFFICE. It is not the PERSONAL PROPERTY of Obama or any other office-seeker to dispense with.


It's not their towel to throw in!

So while I join in a respectful request to Senator Obama, it should be plain that this is a matter of a potential servant of the public (who has already won in my mind) realizing that it is not their place to do anything but wait until the final and conclusive voice of the will of the people is heard. Nothing can short circuit that process without being a treason to our republic (this is one of the core crimes of Bush v. Gore, terminating the election during the recount phase)

Mr. Obama,
I voted for that lying piece of shit named John Kerry four years ago in hopes of being spared four more years of the Smirking Chimp. This time we have McBomb and the mad woman in store for us if you concede. I am going to vote one more time for a candidate of questionable judgment because I want to do my part to see a change in America's leadership.

Please do not let us down by selling out to the Republican thugs who do not have an honest hope of winning the upcoming election. We will stand by you if you will stand for us.


He is nine points ahead in early voting. The McCain team is already playing the blame game, Polling if anyone buys them shows there may be a big win for Obama, so why would Obama concede.chris dorsey


Fellow readers, spread it around!

With your own endorsement as well!

Barbara Bellows-TerraNova

I would like to know under whose authority did John Bolton have to stop the recount in Florida in 2000? Was he carrying the legal mumbo-jumbo piece of paper that said that was ok to do ? Bad memory, don't want to relive it, but sure do want to PREVENT it!:

IMPEACH BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !


This time the people should NOT be sheepish.

Conceding is acknowledging defeat, and the victory of the other!

Conceding to McCain means giving the criminals victory!
Giving in to criminals is not what proud people do, they fight till the end!

The USA as a country that deserves to be governed with a change, away from lies, cheats and criminals!

With conceding ALL stops, courts end their investigations, people will loose their hope, the world will never again regain respect for the USA, and above all....... the facists will rule the world!

There have been over 80,000 problems reported with voting already in this election. With that many complaints before election day, there are bound to be many more on election day. This time, every vote should count, and every vote should be counted as the voter intended. Machine irregularities and vote suppression cannot be allowed to throw another election to the losing candidate. Twice is more than enough.


Liane Allen, Board Member, Democracy for Vermont; Linguistic Framing Consultant

..if you don't like the outcome of an election, ignore it -- then jail or liquidate the opposition.

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