THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

What to do with the Lady from New York and Her Peeps

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on August 7, 2008

She’s back.

No, not Paris Hilton, the Gentle Lady from New York Sen. Hillary Clinton the erstwhile candidate for President of the United States. 

It was announced yesterday that Clinton would make two solo campaign appearances on August 21st in Florida and Las Vegas. However, that announcement was overshadowed by national conversation about what Clinton will do at the convention, is she still a Vice Presidential candidate and how will her delegates be “heard” at the convention?

On top of that a group named “18 Million Voices Rise Hillary Rise” has announced that it will march on day the Senator speaks and will coordinate to have marches across the country and festival in downtown Denver. 

If that wasn’t enough for the presumptive party nominee Sen. Barack Obama to worry about many Clinton delegates want the runner up in the primaries to have her name offered up for the nomination and apparently the Senator agrees

Obama and Clinton jointly issued a statement saying in part, “[a]t the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election…”

We have gone back and forth on how the Obama campaign should handle Clinton at the convention, but the bottom line is 270 electoral votes, it is about winning in November not sending a message to the Clinton’s about who is the Head…well who is in charge of party and who is the nominee. 

Barack Obama will be the nominee of the Democratic party and while this is he moment and his time, to use his words, the story at the end of the day is not who is the nominee with all due respect to history but who is the 44th President of the United States.  To be that guy Obama needs, among other things, a smooth convention and a united convention.  To obtain that type of party gathering Obama may need to yield to Clinton.  Allow her name to be put in nomination.  Whether Obama captures the nomination by one vote or by acclamation it doesn’t matter.  Gary Hart, Ted Kennedy and Jerry Brown all had their names placed in nomination after bitter prmary contests and each time it helped heal the party.

If the Obama campaign declines, it would harden the “Clintonites” and the nomination could happen anyway as someone could make the motion for the floor.  If the motion is made from the floor it could result in an ugly fight the Obama doesn’t want, doesn’t need and certainly doesn’t want played out on TV. 

What Obama wants is the image of 75 to 80,000 cheering people in first outdoor acceptance speech since 1960 and John Kennedy on the last day of a smooth and unifying convention, to get to that point he’ll have to be the bigger person and keep his eye on the ultimate prize,  the key to the White House.

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