Thursday, August 14, 2008

NO GOING BACK

The news that Senator Clinton's name is going to be placed in nomination is welcome news -- even if it took two months and a lot of effort to persuade the Democratic Party powers to do what they should have done in the first place. If, that is, they actually end up doing what they should have done in the first place.

Now that Senator Obama and the DNC acknowledge what we've been saying in our ads for two months, that Democratic Party rules and procedures and democratic principles demand an open convention with Senator Clinton's name in nomination, they have to follow through. There can be no caveats, no fine print. There has to be a legitimate, open convention with an acknowledgement that by their own rules the Democratic Party does not now have an official nominee. Senator Clinton's name in nomination has to mean a genuinely democratic opportunity for super delegates to exercise their judgment and to cast their votes for the nominee they are willing to take responsibility for sending out against the Republicans, based on who they think will be the better candidate and the better President.

There is no going back. The Democratic Party has passed the point of no return. And we are going to continue to be watchdogs to hold them accountable for what happens at the convention. This is a good step in the right direction but pardon us if we want to take a wait and see attitude. If they are honest and sincere, something the DNC had been anything but for the last seven months, it will be a step towards truly unifying the party so that everyone can feel there was an honest open convention, that both candidates had an equal chance to be the nominee. Supporters of whoever loses might be disappointed, but as long as the process is honest it will be a process everyone can live with.

But the situation must be handled with care. If anyone has anything up their sleeve, if they think they can turn this into some kind of "symbolic" event - as one New York Times reporter called it - so that putting Senator Clinton's name in nomination is no more than a dog and pony show, today's measures will not only fail to unify the party, the end result will leave the party even more divided, angry and rancorous than it was before. We hope it won't come to that. But we will continue to hold the DNC's feet to the fire to make sure it does not.

NOTE: Tonight both the BBC and ABC News in both reports, referred to the announcement that Senator Clinton's name will be in nomination as being a "symbolic" gesture. Since both news outlets used the same terminology, there is the possibility that this term was supplied to them by someone -- either at the DNC or from the Obama campaign. Or it could also be more media incompetence and analysis though the BBC isnt known for that.

With your continued contributions we are going to make sure the point will be made that "symbolic gestures" will not be good enough, and that if that's what they have in mind they will have compounded the problem by creating a situation of disunity even more divisive and rancorous than if they had done nothing.


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Denver Group !!! We appreciate your hard work. Now let's hope the Superdelegates do their jobs and represent their people. Lobby lobby lobby.

Edgeoforever said...

It's pretty much been announced as symbolic as the outcome of this vote is predetermined (Obama gets nominated)
I guess it's up to us to get the delegates to vote in earnest

tlatexaspuma said...

Thanks Marc and Heidi for all your hard work. CNN was talking about your ad even being in the Roll Call. We are getting there. More work to be done, I agree.

NobamaNetwork.com said...

Put my name in the "skeptical" column. Why is Obama doing this and why does it think it is his decision to make? Just more proof Nobama has never heard of the Constitution. I am not celebrating yet, too busy waiting for the other shoe to drop!

SouthJerseyPUMA said...

Thank you Denver Group!! Your effort along with many other groups such as PUMA has accomplished step #1! I have been passing flyer's out all over South Jersey on the FDR article that was advertised in the papers~ that stated would Dean or Pelosi stop FDR?! I hope it is helping to open some eyes!!!

keep up the great work! It isn't over yet!!!

Carolyn Mann said...

Color me dubious, too. Is anyone planning for after the convention? If nothing else, we should be running ads calling for Howard Dean's head. It's hard to imagine anyone screwing up an election worse than he has this one.

Jen the Michigander said...

We've won an important battle here-- THANK YOU, DENVER GROUP!!!! But the war is not over. We can't trust the DNC or the Obama campaign any more than the Georgians can trust the Russians.

Anonymous said...

Sen.Clinton, please please do NOT release your delegates!!!!

hill 08 now hopeful said...

Without your heartfelt efforts we would not have had this door cracked open. Thank you for your continued work to make sure it is pushed completely ajar.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Denver Group! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help ensure that the Superdelegates are voting for the BEST candidate, not the one (Nobama) they have supposedly been asked to sign "Loyalty" oaths for, in return for getting into the Convention. (Read this on a blog--please tell us it isn't true!)

CognitiveDissonance said...

I've been hearing the word "symbolic" all day. So they seem to believe that we would really be placated by such an empty gesture. These people are unreal! They really have a lot of contempt for the intelligence of voters. I predict they are going to be taught a very hard lesson.

PuppyDogMom said...

Thank you, Denver Group, for all of your great efforts, but as you've said, it isn't over yet. My concern remains that it is only symbolic and that Sen. Clinton will release her delegates when she gives her speech.

I so hope that doesn't happen.

nancysabet said...

Make no mistake, that was not given to us by Barry; he was presured by people like us. thank you Denver Group

Anonymous said...

Gerry Ferraro on Fox News seemed to confirm it's all a largely symbolic gesture: Hillary will make her speech,release her delegates and then cast her own vote as a SD for Nobama. Then, we can all hold hands and sing Kumba-ya all the way to the GE.If that's what the Denver Group wanted, then it's a victory. Me? I think the Democratic Party has officially morphed into the Republican Party, so I will have no problem voting for the real GOP rather than for this poor imitation.

BAJ said...

Contact your delegates. Tell them to stick with Hillary (or switch from Obama to Hillary because she can win).

papau said...

The Denver group has stated that only 49 delegates must switch to give Hillary the nod - but that assumes full voting rights for Florida and Mich - and 7/21 meeting to grant those rights after Obama said that they would get full votes - not half votes - was without quorum I am told. Obama appears to not be ready to do what he says he will do - not that this would be news regarding any topic and Senator Obama's convictions. Has the full vote now finally been given each delegate - or are we still waiting?