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Posted by: McQ on Friday, August 15, 2008

Kate Snow of ABC tells us:
A deal has been brokered between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that will allow Clinton's name to be placed in nomination at next week's Democratic nominating convention, sources close to the Clinton camp told ABC News. "Both sides agree that it is in the best interest of party unity and making sure that everyone's voice and vote is honored to make sure her name is put into nomination," a person close the negotiations said.
Why is that in the best interest of the Democratic party? I'm just asking.

Michael Goodwin of the NY Post says:
“Russia rolls over Georgia, Hillary Clinton does the same to Barack Obama. Now we know who's boss. ... Obama blinked and stands guilty of appeasing Clinton by agreeing to a roll call vote for her nomination. ... It was supposed to be his party. Now it's theirs. His and hers.”
It would seem to me that it puts Hillary in a position to steal the show (I don't think she can steal the nomination, but stranger things have happened). And I am desperately trying to figure out why placing her name in nomination knowing she's not going to be nominated is in the best interest of the party.

Do they think replaying the primaries on the convention floor is going to heal the supposed rift that exists between Clinton and Obama supporters? How? Couldn't it just as easily reopen what one would assume was a wound that was healing.

And should Obama really trust the Clintons? According to party rules, 300 delegates must sign a petition to place the name of a candidate in nomination. And such an application must also be signed by the candidate in question. So I find this from Mark Ambinder to be a bit of spin:
Although Clinton had resisted pressure from donors, allies and supporters to accept demands to allow her name placed in nomination, she and aides to Obama seemed to realize independently that doing so would be the best way to incorporate and welcome Clinton's supporters into Obama's general election campaign, both symbolically and practically.
The offical line is they all said, "hey, let's do this because she's such a great gal and deserves the nod from all of us for her effort".

So I don't buy into this as a magnanimous party unity move on the part of the Obama camp to placate Clinton. I see it a move by Clinton supporters who aren't at all happy with the outcome of the primary process to actually make a run at the nomination. I don't think it is going to succeed, but my guess is they followed the rules and the Dems had no option but to allow it and are now doing a little preconvention spinning to hide the disunity.

Why else would the Obama camp allow such at thing if it could prevent it?

I can't wait to watch this process as it unfolds in Denver. My guess is, far from unifying the party, this will end up splintering off a significant faction which is slavishly dedicated to the Clintons by again reminding them that their candidate (at least in their world) got screwed.
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...and she’s back in the game!
Written By: CR
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That does sound much fishier than obama being a nice guy, if he wanted to be nice, he could simply mention her name in his acceptance speech, letting people vote for her seems kind of an odd move. All it does is add to the splintering as youve said, basically it give the amount of splintering a numerical number. Something the GOP can use against them.
Written By: josh b
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Without having quiiite given up on this one, she’s already launched her 2012 campaign. Muscling into the convention limelight, keeping recent party wounds open and making it less likely that she’ll have to challenge a president for the party nomination next go-round: Like the rules that allowed her to set this up, and the spin that allows the Obamatrons to save face, it’s all good. For Hillary.
Written By: Linda Morgan
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There are times when I love that the Clinton’s are the Clinton’s, and this is one of them. It’s almost like they sought out the one best way they could help the Republicans keep the White House.

I love when they once again demonstrate how ruthless and egotistical they are.
And I remain once again amazed that their followers can’t see that, but I guess that’s what makes a loyal follower.
Written By: looker
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I heard yesterday that Hillary is speaking one night, Bill the next, and Chelsea another. All of them in prime time slots. What in the world is the Obamessiah thinking? Someone should tell him the story of Judas again.
Written By: meagain
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It would strike me as odd if her name were not put in nomination. In days of old, everyone who had run got their name placed in nomination, with long nominating speeches and then more speeches seconding the nomination.

Then there’s the role call vote, "The great state of Hawaii, with XXX votes in the convention, casts XX votes for Phineas T. Bloe, X votes for Random Rot, and X votes for its loyal favorite sun god B. Hussein," and so forth.

I know these things are all trimmed down and streamlined so that the convention and Keith Ubermann get equal time, but there’s plenty of precedent for Hillary’s name being placed in nomination.

HOWEVER, should a jolt be given to the convention (National Enquirer: Barack Fathered Crack Baby with Chicago Prostitute; Oprah Secretly Raising Child), then at least Hillary will be there to help the Party find an alternative, like herself.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
"Why else would the Obama camp allow such at thing if it could prevent it?"

Perhaps because she is his VP choice, and as such building her up is in his interest?
Written By: Gerry
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Perhaps because she is his VP choice, and as such building her up is in his interest?
1) He’d better get a food taster, then; and
2) Why would she accept the post? He’s going to be Jimmy Carter’s Second Term, ask Fritz Mondale how it is to be Carter’s Veep and then run on your own, for that matter ask AlGore...
Written By: Joe
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ACK!!!! has an ad on this site!!!

Featuring Obama!!!!!!!

How ironic.
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: has an ad on this site!!!

Featuring Obama!!!!!!!
Actually, MoveOn has an ad on Google. The ad just shows because the whole page is about Obama.

What you should do, if it bothers you, is to click on the ad like a spider monkey pressing the bar for cocaine.

That way get paid money to oppose Obama. Think of how truly ironic it is to use Obama’s ad money against him, so he essentially funds his own opponents. Poetic, isn’t it?

Or something like that. Anyway, the most important thing is that we get paid.
Written By: Dale Franks
Anyway, the most important thing is that we get paid.
Oh, so this is a MONEY thing, I see.
Written By: Joe
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I’m tellin’ ya: Go long on spleen futures right now.
Written By: Billy Beck
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I read in an article Thursday (I can’t remember where now) that the spin as to why Hillary was being given a roll call vote in order to quiet any pro-Hillary demonstrations at the convention. It seemed like a really dumb idea, if the goal was to quiet the pro-Hillary crowd.

Honestly, I’m not sure how enthusiastic the Clintons’ support for O! would be in the absence of a news release about the forgiveness or repayment of her campaign debt by either my junior senator’s war chest or the DNC’s funds. With no forseeable bounce for the Democrats prior to the convention and a grimly-hanging-around McCain, where’s the upside for HRC to "take one for the team?" If anything, her slot and the slot of anyone related to her should be a giant stump speech for the nomination.
Written By: Greg
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I see that Patrick Ruffini over at Jon’s new place seems to think the way I do— that Hillary could very well be the nominee.
Written By: Gerry
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