“H.O.U.N.D. = Hell, Obama’s Unqualified, No Deal!”

29 Jun

Ed Rendell a Clinton hero we adore, is the lead in a “Dems, let’s all unite” message being packaged into a PUMAesque group called HOUND– which stands for Hillary-Obama-United-Not-Divided. 

The very clever PUMA folks have renamed it: “H.O.U.N.D. = Hell, Obama’s Unqualified, No Deal!”

We love you Ed, but we can’t support a candidate we don’t believe in. We vote conscience over party in Nov. It’s too important a job for someone who is not qualified. Sorry Ed, no deal.

Riverdaughter’s amazing blog The Confluence broke the HOUND news with a post titled: Saturday: Ed, you’re making this too easy. The commentary is the best part!

Over at NoQuarter USA they’ve posted this media alert released by JustSayNoDeal


*****MEDIA ALERT***** 

June 29, 2008

The Just Say No Deal Coalition Responds

To Gov. Ed Rendell

We’d Like To Teach An Old Dog Some New Tricks

Online, in Washington D.C. and Nationwide (Press contacts listed at conclusion) – The Just Say No Deal Coalition issues the following response to Governor Ed Rendell’s counter movement HOUND (Hillary-Obama-United-Not-Divided). While we thank the governor for recognizing us as a fluid, viral, viable and ever growing movement— we PUMAs and members of the Just Say No Deal Coalition want to respectfully point out that Governor Rendell and his crew are missing the point.

In HOUND’s credo Governor Rendell states, “PUMA advocated that Hillary Clinton supporters do not vote for Barack Obama just for the sake of party unity…We believe Sen. Clinton supporters should vote for Sen. Obama because, as Hillary herself said so forcefully and poignantly in her great speech a few Saturdays ago the best way to achieve the changes she has fought so hard to bring to America, and on which she based her campaign, is to support Sen. Obama…”

The philosophy on which the Just Say No Deal Coalition was founded is plainly stated as this:

We, as millions of disaffected voters or PUMAs have banded together to form a Coalition of the unwilling. We fervently believe in Country Before Party. If political parties won’t uphold core democratic principles, who will? If the voters don’t hold the parties accountable, who will?

The answer, “We (PUMAs) will at all costs!”

Governor Rendell went on to state:

“We agree with many of your grievances. For example, we, too, believe that the Democratic Party’s nominating process is unfair and undemocratic. We must change the policy where some votes are more important than others and some areas receive more delegates than their number of voters would justify – it violates the spirit of “one person, one vote.” We must eliminate caucuses that are inherently undemocratic and disenfranchise seniors (no absentee voting for those who can’t go to the polls), shift workers and our military. Forcing people to declare their preference in public also violates another cherished principle that undermines our democracy.”

PUMAs again appreciate the heartfelt recognition of Just Say No Deal from Governor Rendell and his group, but it is too late. The damage has been done. We will not fall in line. We will not support a Democratic Party nominee that was selected with a flawed voting process. Reform the process and try to win us back in 2012 Governor Rendell.

Finally Governor Rendell states:

“So, we are asking all PUMA members to curb your disappointment, mute your anger and frustration and join HOUND to help change America. While the PUMA may be more swift and athletic, the HOUND is smarter and more perceptive.”


Again Governor Rendell and crew— you have missed the point. Attempting to insult or undermine us by saying that we have less perception or smarts than you do is counterproductive. We are a diverse group of voters representing ALL ages. We come from all ethnic, socio-economic, religious, political and academic backgrounds; we unite to say (once again), “COUNTRY before PARTY!”

We will not support Senator Obama now or on November 4, 2008. Senator Clinton’s vote is her own; our votes are our own and they will not be cast for Senator Obama. The Just Say No Deal Coalition members will still either choose to stay home in protest, write in Senator Clinton’s name or vote for Senator John McCain. Our votes are our voices and Just Say No Deal’s voices are over 2 million strong and growing. And by the way, we say, “H.O.U.N.D. = Heck, Obama’s Unqualified, No Deal!”



In operation just over three hundred hours, the Just Say No Deal Coalition is growing exponentially, from its core group of twenty organizations to an estimated two hundred. Concerned citizens continue to break their silence to express their dissatisfaction with the leadership of the Democratic Party and its apparent short-circuiting of the nominating process. The Just Say No Deal Coalition’s online portal offers those voters a chance to reclaim their voices and the power to Just Say No Deal! The Coalition will continue to organize in pursuit of its mission of keeping another unqualified candidate from inheriting the Oval Office.


Spokespersons – Just Say No Deal:

East Coast:

Will Bower, PUMA
Liz Joyce, Diane Mantouvalos, HireHeels.com

West Coast:

Robin Carlson, HillaryGrassRootsCampaign.com

Please Contact:

Andonia Public Relations: (617) 416-4897



4 Responses to ““H.O.U.N.D. = Hell, Obama’s Unqualified, No Deal!””

  1. Bizmark June 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    That dog won’t hunt.

    Ed Rendell is a stand up guy. No one worked harder for Hillary than he did. You know his tongue was firmly in his cheek when he became the face of HOUND.

    He’s just being a good Dem holding his nose, just like Hillary, bidding his time until Obama implodes or the DNC wakes up and dumps Obama.

  2. Ted July 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    Well, it’s either gonna be McCain/Palin or …

    Barack Obama starring as “Change” the Gardener in remake of movie classic, “Being There”, starring Peter Sellers as “Chance” the Gardener!

    *HT to hs commenting on

  3. Peter Jackson August 27, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    Why are Dems so stupid? I just saw E. Joyce on CNN, and what an idiotic position to adopt. If you can’t get behind Obama, then quit now. When you lose this election, you’ll have no-one to blame but yourselves. I’d wish you luck, but it’s going to take more than that. Like brains, but you wouldn’t understand.

  4. Stacy from Loudoun Virginia August 27, 2008 at 1:10 am #

    This is an open letter to the Hillary supporters in 2008. The speech that Hillary gave tonight was simply astounding. I just watched Elizabeth Joyce on CNN and I was amazed the anger she felt towards the Obama campaign. I am an ardent supporter of Senator Obama and I worked to help get him nominated. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, we rejoiced at the outstanding victory he put together here in the Old Dominion. I understand how hard it is to work on campaigns and not have your candidate win.

    If there were any ill words with the Obama campaign, then let me apologize. I think all of us Democrats have similar visions of how America should be. You should be proud of your candidate, she is someone who is a visionary and an ardent spokeswoman for the Democratic cause.

    With that said, I ask that everyone who supported Senator Clinton put the same zeal and effort into support for Obama. Let’s close ranks and defeat the party of George W. Bush, John McCain, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Tom Delay, so on and so forth. Let’s take back the country. Let’s do it, most importantly, together.

    Thank you for your attention and Godspeed.



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