The Denver Groups' goals of insisting on an open convention is nothing more than insisting the Democratic Party respect democratic principles. It means that it's the role of the convention to choose the nominee and no one else's. The days of the smoke filled rooms are long gone. Or should be.
Senator Clinton is still a candidate. An open convention means respecting that candidacy which requires having her name on the ballot and a roll call vote so that the delegates Senator Clinton won during the primaries can cast their votes on behalf of the more than 18 million Democrats who voted for her. It is not symbolic. It is the democratic process.And its not a choice. Its an obligation.
An open convention means that Senator Clinton's supporters also be allowed to make speeches at the convention on behalf of her candidacy. The declarations of super delegates who will ultimately decide the nominee have no authority until they are officially cast at the convention. Declaring their intention June 5th to vote for Senator Obama August 27th does not mean you discard the process and deny delegates the right to vote or make a choice.
This primary season has been historic mostly because of the race and gender of the two major candidates. But it was historic for another reason. It was the most closesly contested primary in the history of the Democratic Party with one candidate winning the popular vote and the other a slim delegate lead.
To deny Senator Clinton a rightful place on the ballot in an attempt to foster a false image of party unity based on unofficial declarations by super delegates made June 5th will fool no one and only create more disunity. It is in everyone's best interest, especially the Democratic Party and its chances in November, to hold an open and honest convention.
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