I have been telling friends and colleagues I refuse to believe Hillary Clinton is not the eventual Democratic presidential nominee until I look at the ballot on Election Day in November and her name is not on it in her party’s number one slot.
Barack Obama may have made a huge mistake by allowing Hillary Clinton’s name to be placed in nomination at the upcoming Democratic convention for what is supposed to be a “symbolic” vote saluting her primary campaign. After Hillary bowed out of the race, indications were that she was not interested in such a vote. Now she wants one and Obama quickly bowed to her wishes. Since these are the Clintons we’re dealing with, the most diobolical duo in the history of U.S. politics, one has to wonder what they’re up to.
While the delegates Obama gained through votes cast in primaries and caucuses are obligated to vote for him on the first ballot, the so-called super delegates can still vote for whoever they want to. Suppose many of them who had intended to vote for Obama have become leery enough about him as their standard-bearer that they change their minds and vote for Hillary. Suppose Bill and Hillary have been courting super delegates behind the scenes and have already convinced a significant number to support her.
In other words, it’s not inconceivable that Hillary could get enough super delegate support in the roll call vote to either force a second ballot, which she would win, or win outright on the first ballot. While such a scenario is unlikely, when it comes to the Clintons nothing can be ruled out. Add to this the fact that Obama is increasingly seen as wanting, sowing doubt and nervousness in the party. Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she expects half of the Democrats in the House of Representatives to vote for Hillary.
Bill has been quiet lately. Hillary has been quiet lately. They could be up to something. They may know something that we, and Obama, don’t know. The night of the roll call vote, I hope a photographer has a camera trained on Obama’s face to capture his expression if Hillary wins.
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