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.
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