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AP reports

In an emotional meeting leading up to the Democratic roll call of the states, Hillary Rodham Clinton released her convention delegates Wednesday to vote for certain presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Many in the crowded ballroom yelled back, “No!”

In spite what Rangel lied o us

would not instruct her followers on how to vote.

“I am not telling you what to do,” she said. “You’ve come here from so many different places having made this journey and feeling in your heart what is right for you to do.”

and then, after all our hard work, the circus:

A roll call vote was scheduled for later in the afternoon after brief nominating speeches for both Clinton and Obama. The former rivals negotiated a plan that would cut off the split roll call after a few states — perhaps by Clinton herself — in favor of acclamation for Obama.

which obviously got to some delegates too

Not all Clinton supporters were on board. Sonja Jaquez Lewis, a Clinton delegate from Colorado, said she and others may walk out if Clinton is denied a roll call.

“If we don’t have an official roll call vote, state-by-state, it is going to reopen a wound,” Lewis said.

And predictably, Oborg shows what they’re made of:

“If she’s not a strong enough leader to get her followers to do what’s right for America, then that would surprise me,” McCaskill told the AP.

Stay classy, Claire!

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from CNN: Clinton backers at McCain happy hour

The event, sponsored by the Republican National Committee and approved by the McCain campaign, was a chance for McCain and Clinton supporters to come together for one cause: their opposition to Barack Obama’s candidacy.

The McCain campaign has been aggressively courting Clinton’s voters in recent days, especially after Obama announced Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate Saturday.

Lots of quotes from participants and a righteous conclusion from a PUMA we all know

Clinton supporters-turned-McCain converts at the event were not just angry at Obama’s campaign; they’re furious with the Democratic Party’s nomination process this year.

“The DNC really pushed [Barack Obama] on us. Now they’ve left us with two choices: somebody who has no substance or a Republican,” said Jessi Cleaver, 35, of New York. “And these are terrible choices, and they worked hard to select this candidate. … We’re watching the DNC pick this candidate for us.”

Ed Rendell on Obama

“With people who have a lot of gifts, it’s hard for people to identify with them,” the governor said. “Barack Obama is handsome. He’s incredibly bright. He’s incredibly well spoken, and he’s incredibly successful — not exactly the easiest guy in the world to identify with.

“He is a little like Adlai Stevenson,” Rendell mused. “You ask him a question, and he gives you a six-minute answer. And the six-minute answer is smart as all get out. It’s

intellectual. It’s well framed. It takes care of all the contingencies. But it’s a lousy soundbite.”

Toe sucker worries

This is written before Mrs. Clinton spoke on Tuesday night, but she will not blow this opportunity to shine in front of a larger national audience than she has ever had. She will crisply articulate her programs and proposals, and will come across as forceful, committed and energetic. Women from coast to coast will watch her and wonder why she isn’t on the ticket.

actually Dick, we’re wondering why she isn’t THE ticket. He reprises his clever find:

This election can be summarized as follows: A party that is absolutely certain to win has a candidate who has great difficulty getting elected, while the other party is doomed to defeat but has nominated a candidate who just might win.

MoDo (I won’t link) worries about…what else? Bills speech

Finally, Obama had to give in on Monday and say he would allow the ex-president to do exactly as he likes, which is what he usually does anyhow.

Notice how she uses the freeper ‘ex” Worried again about Obama’s weakness…giving in to the Godfather-like Clintons

CNN reports that Bill will NOT attand the stadium Triumph of the Willie free concerts with speech extravaganza

And lways happy when NYT is clueless

Mrs. Clinton was met with a lengthy, loud standing ovation. She sprinkled her opening remarks with personal touches, delighting the crowd by thanking “my supporters, my champions — my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits,” a reference to her signature sartorial style.

You didn’t expect the Gray Lady to read the Confluence, did ya?

Oh, and McCain leads now in tracking Rasmussen with leaners

Wednesday shows Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote for the second straight day. When “leaners” are included, though, McCain picked up another point since yesterday and now has a statistically insignificant one-point advantage over Obama, 47% to 46%

as for what dems think of Bill Clinton’s wants

While 39% of voters think Bill Clinton wants Obama to be elected president, over half of Democrats (52%) feel that way. Nineteen percent (19%) of Democrats – and 29% of voters overall – think Clinton does not want Obama to win the White House.

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Listening to Lady Boomer telling us: Hillary did not release her delegates! Also,  about the new petition the delegates started – for a voting on the floor – 800 signatures needed, 400 in the bag

If you know any delegates – ask them to sign them – tell them the petition is just about representing their voters

There was a Riverdaughter post about the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit – and the color orange is also the Denver PUMA official

Starting to feel better about the speech. Before the show, all I took with me was “Keep Going”

Betty Jean – looking at the faces of Obama supporters in shock – they met Hillary Clinton for the first time

Sheri – only delegates – no Obama supporters in Denver – just PUMAs

Callers say speech sound inaugural, presidential…It was bittersweet….

Personally, I started by being moved – her entrance. i became angry – determined to vote McCain as she went on. I was happy she mentioned women’s rights. And paying homage to Bill Clinton.  I only remember “keep going!” And Bill with tears in his eyes. And Michelle glaring!

Now, listening to others, the anger is going away. The determination stays.


she was herself tonight because she was talking to us, her voters. No teleprompter, from the heart. Brilliant.

However Murphy thinks delegates were  released

Kudos to Betty Jean for her passion and work

If Hillary not nominated, PUMApac will continue to campaign against Obama

Stay off the TV!

Which I will. And sign off.

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WSJ – Washington Wire reports

Scattered across the convention floor are 600 delegates with small green buttons that say “300” and mean much more. They were distributed today to delegates who signed the petition calling for Hillary Clinton’s name to be put into nomination. They needed 300 names and collected twice that. Barack Obama agreed, and her name will indeed be put forward.

Each delegate who signed received a card with his or her name and what number the person represented on the petition. The cards also included this optimistic message: “…Making what appears to be impossible possible.”

Well, it’s more then optimistic, and we already got farther than anybody thought possible.
Now can we have a real roll call?

Question is: How afraid are you Obama?


From Ricky’s mail:

4. Implications of HRC “releasing” her delegates: Very little.  The Call for the 2008 Democratic National Convention says pledged delegates “shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them.” So, a delegate pledged to HRC as the result of the number of votes cast for her in the state’s primary caucus or election, is still pledged to use all good conscience to carry out the expressed will of those voters.

Delegates from vote binding states are only obliged under state law to vote for the candidate to whom they are pledged, until that candidate releases them. At this point, then, they are still bound to exercise the good conscience required under the DNC Call.

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Christian science Monitor has another one of those “it’s up to Hillary to unify the party” screeds

On the bright side , it covers us:

Denver is abuzz this week with die-hard Clinton supporters planning protests, rallies, and celebrations that will culminate with a march on Tuesday, the 88th anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment granted women voting rights.

“Hillary supporters are still very upset with the party, very upset with the media, very upset with the process, to the point where I think millions of them will not vote for Obama in November,” says Darragh Murphy, the founder of PUMA PAC, a pro-Clinton political action committee that claims 10,000 members and is planning a series of events here.

10,000? I am sure we’re more!

And then the old pros & cons for the rill call that Donna started follow:

“Can it heal wounds or will it simply reopen them and allow them to stay raw?” asks Steven Peterson, a political science professor at Penn State Harrisburg. “If there are people who feel extremely upset, they may use [the roll-call vote and protests] as a vehicle for trying to show support for Clinton in ways that might hurt the party.”

Murphy is quotes as saying

The only way the DNC will change is if they lose,” she says. “That’s the only power they’ve left to the voters.”

The other thing I like about the article is the title

Hillary’s clout is key at Democratic Convention

that, and the photo I borrowed for this entry

More writeup from

PUMA’s headquarters was a hub of activity Monday as women checked in to pick up signs, trade hugs and plan for the day’s events: a public rally and an evening candlelight vigil in Clinton’s honour that organizers boasted would be attended by representatives from 49 states.

As a couple of dozen women navigated styrofoam coolers of soft drinks and tables bearing old Hillary campaign buttons and anti-Obama bumper stickers, Marnie Delano, a 50-something communications consultant from New York was giving a primer on the group’s new “incident log,” which the group says is compiling instances of harassment of Clinton supporters and delegates in Denver.

“Several said they are scared. ‘I don’t know what to do; if I vote for Hillary, I’m going to get into trouble.’ That is America?”

The reporter is sharper (or more willing to disclose) than most:

PUMA believes Clinton was robbed of the nomination by party elites who favoured Obama, and who now want to bury the evidence with a four-day convention love-in.

Well said!

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March 2023