Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Denver Group Covered by CQ Weekly Magazine

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CQ WEEKLY – VANTAGE POINT
July 14, 2008 – Page 1877

Clinton Diehards Want Convention Vote
By Shawn Zeller, CQ Staff
Photo caption and credit: WAVE ON: A few Clintonites think she has a chance. (BLOOMBERG NEWS / JON C. HANCOCK)

She may have given up, but a few of Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s people haven’t.

The senator from New York is said to be negotiating a respectful presence followed by a graceful exit from next month’s Democratic convention, and last week the party announced that Barack Obama would formally accept the party’s nomination in the stadium built for the Denver Broncos. But there are Clinton supporters clinging to the
hope that if her name is placed in nomination and the roll call of the states is conducted, she might — might — still win.

Heidi Li Feldman, a Georgetown University law professor, insists there’s still“no way of predicting” the outcome should there be a fair vote. That’s because Obama has not secured enough pledged delegates to ensure the magic number of 2,118 needed to claim victory; the Illinois senator has gone past that benchmark only with thepledges of about 390 superdelegates —and they can change their minds at any time up to the moment they cast their ballots.

“If they had a meaningful vote, I have no idea who would win,” Feldman says. “But I know that if Sen. Obama were sure he would win, there wouldn’t be a negotiation” about Clinton’s role at the convention.

So Feldman, who says she has raised about $100,000 for Clinton, has turned her prowess to raising money for advertising demanding a convention vote, and she has teamed with a fellow pro-Clinton blogger, Marc Rubin, to form the Denver Group to lobby the Democratic National Committee, much of the staff of which has already moved from Washington to Chicago to work for Obama.

Feldman says she won’t vote for Obama if Clinton doesn’t get a convention vote. Rubin says he might not. Both say they aren’t worried that their efforts will continue to divide Democrats at a time when they should be uniting to take on Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. In fact, they argue, many Democrats might stay home if they feelClinton gets short shrift.

“What they have to do is make it possible for people to say to themselves that there was a fair and correct process,” Feldman says.

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the coverage. Media coverage is so crucial to get the word out to a mass of people. Thank you for all you are doing. We all just have to keep working each and every day with focused efforts to maximize the chances that Senator Clinton's name be placed in nomination at the very least, and that she be the Democratic nominee for President, at best.

Anna

ainnj said...

Way to go Heidi and Marc! You guys rock!!!

Virginia said...

How exciting to get this coverage, particularly after just one ad. I can't believe they say we "cling to the hope" though. We sure are a clingy bunch...

GrandMe said...

"Clinton 'diehards' want a convention vote." ??!! This headline just blew me out of the water.
How about "Long time Democrats call for a fair convention."
I am absolutely livid!
Tomorrow I'll be in a motel, but will try to call or email my congressman and Senators (at least) to remind them that this isn't some crusade of HLF or MR, or ranting by some nutcases, but a strong coalition of grassroots Democrats who would like their party to be ---well, democratic!

waiting4hrc said...

Good news, Heidi & Marc!
You have dared poke a hole in the carefully contructed illusion that it's a done deal. And this is only the first ad. Keep firing those missiles!

Mirlo said...

We may not like the outcome of an election, but we can and will live with it. But as Democrats, we cannot agree to a "selection" and backroom negociated outcome (speak rigged) election.

Anonymous said...

It's outragous that democrats are having to launch the PUMA Party just to insure that a legitimate presidential candidate, with more than half of the popular vote, be given a fair hearing at our convention. This kind of activity has been reserved for the Bush administration the last 7 years.

Anonymous said...

I too wish that Sen. Clinton would be the candidate for the Democratic Party in Nov. I strongly hope that both Sen.Clinton and former Pres.Clinton will be honest and say NO to campaigning for Obama because they really do not like him or think he is the best thing since sliced bread. Just ONCE, I wish they could be honest. Go Hillary!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Denver group. I sent you money and will send more for another jab in the eye of the democrats who are afraid of Democracy and voting.

That is, after I send the ACLU some money to help recover our 4Th Amendment rights.

Dakinikat said...

The roll call vote is a tradition. It was granted for Chisholm, Kennedy, Dean, and all of the other democratic also-rans that did not garner near the number of votes that Senator Clinton achieved. Many of see this as a matter of respect. Additionally, we see continual degradation in the Obama candidacy and hope that the super delegates will do their jobs based on intellectual discourse and not bullying by the DNC and chicago political thugs.

uppitywoman08 said...

Heidi disarmed him and she was awesome!

They rue the day they insulted our intelligence by referring to us as "downscale" and "insignificant". I love poetic justice, don't you?

How about "Long time Democrats call for a fair convention."
Amen!

Librarian said...

On May 31, the DNC RBC seriously undermined the Democratic Party. Those who support a full roll-call are the real Democrats. Those who accepted the May 31 closed door decision are right in the swamp with the 2000 selection.

commentspage said...

I will write-in Hillary no matter what the ballot will look like on the Election day. Go on, Hillary!