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I guess that all the “symbolism” talk took the wind out the propaganda benefits so Politico has new fodder for ya, naughty PUMAs:

Just how many former Clinton supporters will vote for the former First Lady during the symbolic first ballot is anybody’s guess, but each of them will be called upon to do so—whether they want to or not.
“By putting her name in nomination, you’re putting people on the spot,” said former delegate counter Matt Seyfang, adding a second potential drawback: “Having a roll call . . . just chews into your broadcast time.

why is this presented like something hostile to delegates?

On Friday, the Obama campaign confirmed that the floor vote in Denver, intended to assuage Clinton supporters still stewing over her narrow loss, will be conducted as a state-by-state roll call. Under proposed convention bylaws, delegates would be forced to register their votes on a tally sheet with the convention secretary—the rules could be altered or suspended before the start of the convention.

we are further reassured this will look like the real thing:

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the “mechanics” of the roll call vote are still being worked out, but he conceded that Clinton probably will garner many votes on the first ballot.

because, remember, if no candidate has 50%+1, it goes to the second

and then we’re told of the pledged delegates that intend to betray their pledge (although, see the rules, they can’t on the first ballot)

For both the Democratic and Republican parties, committed delegates are bound to their candidates for the first vote.

Some seem ignorant of this rule

“I think that most superdelegates, including myself, are going for Obama,” said New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who campaigned with Clinton around the country. “I made my decision for Obama, and I’m not switching again.”

thank god the priorities are right though:

“The convention is about nominating Barack, so his people want to speed through the vote as fast as possible so it won’t take too much TV time,” said a Democratic delegate who plans to vote for Clinton. “They also want to avoid a scenario where she’s leading at any point.”

Al righty then! So it is like the primaries – complete with the Fla, Mi debacle – that was also in play to avoid a situation where she was leading at any point. For a minute there, I thought it was an actual vote.

But just like with the primaries

Obama’s decision to accept a roll call vote, which came after weeks of talks with the Clinton camp, doesn’t mean he’ll let the process get out of hand, observers say.

Because, as Rummy taught us “democracy can be messy”

and maybe you want to answer this question: “are you happy now?” (me I was for abou 5 minutes yesterday, until I got the “symbolic” thinghie)


Another article sympatising with the long suuffering B0 at the hands of the Clintons

Fuelled by an unholy brew of victimhood and entitlement, Clinton’s supporters threaten to steal the show at the convention. Don’t be fooled by the sweetness-and-light joint statement released by the two campaigns. According to one member of Clinton’s camp, Obama’s “elbow was twisted”. Any future negotiations with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran will probably seem like a picnic.

But the deal Obama struck with Mrs Clinton must have stuck in his craw. The contention, moreover, that it was his idea that her name should be placed into nomination is an insult to our intelligence. By allowing the roll call, Obama has ceded control of what happens on the convention floor.

and the excellent commentary on it by Riverdaughter