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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Clinton in Nomination?????

The move to placing Hillary's name in nomination and calling for a roll call vote is nothing less than bizzarre. It is past the time for the party unite behind Barack Obama. While there is much for Hillary and her supporters to be proud of, this election is not a symbols but smash mouth, down and dirty racist politics. The fascists do not intend to lie down and die. They will pull out all of stops. They will use the racist tactics suggested by Mark Penn to attack Barack Obama. Thanks to the Clintons they did not destroy the party in their attempt to win. At times it seemed to border on that but they pulled themselves back from the brink. That they did not destroy the party and for that they deserve our appreciation.

On the other hand, the symbolism of the 18 million "cracks in the ceiling" Should not stand in the way of re-directing this nation from the disaster it has become as a result of the "Reagan Revolution." Knowing what we know now, we are so fortunate that Barack became the nominee. He is the only alternative of the last three standing. "We might be the ones we have been waiting for" but Barack, as it turns out, is the only one to make it happen. RGN

Will Clinton's name go into nomination? Stay tuned

If Sen. Hillary Clinton's name is placed in nomination in Denver, Colorado, this year, it wouldn't be the first time that a candidate was beaten in the primaries and still formally contested the nomination at the convention.

But it would be the first time in the modern era of presidential primaries that a losing candidate has so visibly endorsed an opponent so many months before the convention, and then gone on to have his or her name placed in nomination. Clinton can still win votes from delegates at the Democratic National Convention even if her name is not placed in nomination. Delegates are free to vote for anyone they want to at the convention. At past conventions, delegates have even been known to vote for fictional characters (Archie Bunker) and dead people (George Orwell). It's likely that Clinton will pick up some votes unless Sen. Barack Obama is nominated by acclamation.

But the buzz is that Clinton may take it a step further and have her name formally placed before the convention, complete with nominating speeches, seconding speeches and all the hoopla they produce. Such a move hasn't happened at either party's convention since 1992, when former California Gov. Jerry Brown had his name placed in nomination after losing the race to Bill Clinton in the primaries. It was a lot more common in the early days of the modern primary era. In 1972 (the first year when primaries, not conventions, determined the nomination), six losing candidates had their names placed in nomination at the Democratic convention. In 1976, three unsuccessful candidates (including Brown) were placed in nomination at the Democratic conclave. It didn't happen at all in 1980. (Sen. Edward Kennedy, who ran against President Carter in the primaries, didn't place his name in nomination; Rep. Ron Dellums of California, who was not a candidate in the primaries, did.) Former Vice President Walter Mondale's two main opponents in the 1984 primaries -- the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart -- both went through the process that year, and Jackson did it again at the 1988 convention after losing to Michael Dukakis in the primaries. Overall, between 1972 and 1992, 10 Democratic candidates who lost the nomination in the primaries went on to have their names formally placed in nomination at the convention. Significantly, however, none of them publicly endorsed their opponent months before the convention, as Clinton did in June.

The closest examples are probably Hart and Jackson, who used their face time at the 1984 convention to call for party unity and make some grudgingly positive comments about Mondale. That didn't stop either of them, however, from planning last-minute attempts to force the convention to go to a second ballot in the hopes of halting the Mondale bandwagon. Neither man formally endorsed Mondale before the Democrats met in San Francisco, California, that year. But while there is no historical precedent for endorsing a candidate and then formally seeking the nomination at the convention, there is no party rule against it. Delegates pledged to support Clinton based on primary results are free to do so even if her name is not placed in nomination, and Clinton herself is free to seek the nomination at the convention as long as she has a minimal amount of support from the delegates. What can happen is determined by the party rules.
By Keating HollandCNN Polling Director The 2008 Democratic National Convention will take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, August 25th-28th. It's an exciting time to be a Democrat and an even more exciting time to be a Barack Obama delegate. Together, we will make history!

What is my role at the convention?

The primary goal of the convention is to choose our party's candidate for President, so
my participation as a delegate will be the focus of convention proceedings. We all know
Barack Obama is the only candidate who will be ready on day one to be Commander in
Chief, and at the convention I will have the opportunity to cast my vote for him. As
seen above, Senator Clinton may decide to contest the nomination; therefore, my role
will be to ensure this does not happen. Delegates are also responsible for confirming
the party's Vice Presidential candidate and voting on any other matters brought before
the convention. Please make a donation to help send me to the Democratic National
Convention to ensure we CHANGE America. To make a donation to support me as an Obama Delegate to the DNC visit my website at:

Thank you for your support, Preston L. Harden,Georgia's 7th CongressionalDistrict Delegate GO OBAMA!!!!! 2008(404) 376-6833 You're invited to join our group Georgia Young Professionals for Change on

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