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Hillary’s Party (Updated)

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 1:57 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

CNN’s Jack Cafferty says the Democratic National Convention is shaping up to be Hillary’s party for two days:

“Her name will be placed into nomination. She’ll give a prime-time address, introduced by her daughter Chelsea. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will get his own plum speaking slot on a separate night. She will also have her own production team to create the introductory video that precedes her speech – the same people who produced Bill Clinton’s biography video “The Man from Hope” in 1992.”

Cafferty also notes that the Democratic Party platform recognizes the “18 million cracks in the highest glass ceiling” and “suggests that media sexism contributed to Hillary’s defeat.”

I can’t imagine the Obama campaign wanted to spend a significant part of the first two days highlighting Hillary Clinton, but that seems to be what’s happened.

UPDATE: Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirms there will be a roll call vote:

“Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the “mechanics” of the roll call vote are still being worked out, but he conceded that Clinton probably will garner many votes on the first ballot.

For Obama’s camp, the roll call is a ritual that will defuse any potential tension with Clinton or her supporters without affecting the outcome or the theater of Obama’s dramatic nomination.

Said [Rep. Loretta] Sanchez: “I believe there are a lot of supporters for Hillary among the superdelegates, especially now that they’ve agreed to place her name in nomination. I think half the House Democrats would probably be Hillary supporters, especially women. . . . I felt she was the most experienced and the best candidate and I still feel that way.”

I guess there’s only one thing two things left to say:

The first vote will be interesting and …

    Lesley Gore: “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To”


24 Responses to “Hillary’s Party (Updated)”

  1. With a Phil Spector connection no less:

    MOG (c949f7)

  2. LOL. Good song.

    Peter (e70d1c)

  3. I think we’ll definitely see some Hillary blubbering at the convention, especially when the PUMAs roar.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  4. Just how long does a Clinton tantrum last?

    Federal Dog (1404a2)

  5. Sexists, they are.

    JD (5f0e11)

  6. Only one explanation makes sense, is she to be the VP nomination?

    LifeTrek (d258cb)

  7. is she to be the VP nomination?

    That could be. Sure would be interesting. But how could he spin his message of no more same-old-same. (Change just changed!)

    Obama has already veered way off his original platform. But you get the sense his die-hards are winking… in the know that this is what one must do in the hardened world of politics. Adding Hillary would be his, and their, worst nightmare.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  8. A better clip would have been the person crying about leaving brittney spears alone, but somehow dubbed over to be hillary.

    Soronel Haetir (ce5eda)

  9. . . . And the dead horse continues to get beaten. He is NOT going to choose HillShrillTwentyYearsSinceBillGaveHer-A-Thrillary.

    Icy Truth (824779)

  10. Or it could be that they lavish her with an Academy Award-style tribute as her swan song for 2008. It does seem that with CNN reporting it, it just makes for a bigger story. And John Kerry is fighting veep questions via Drudge. WBZ/Boston

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  11. Draft Lurch!!!

    Icy Truth (824779)

  12. Gad, just how much leverage does the Hill & Bill party have anyway? I can’t even remember who was running for the Dem nod beside Hillary & Obama – the others quietly went back to their day jobs (or night jobs, and not so quietly as in Edwards’ case…). But not our Hillary. She. Does. Not. Stop.

    How long does a Clinton tantrum last?

    As long as it produces the desired result and as long as everyone is too afraid to firmly tell them no, give them a swat on the bottom and send them to their bedroom for a time out.

    Dana (254946)

  13. I’ve updated the post. The Obama campaign confirmed there will be a roll call vote. The spokesman expects Hillary will receive “many votes on the first ballot” that will not affect the “theater of Obama’s dramatic nomination.”

    DRJ (a5243f)

  14. Obama is clearly not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  15. Why do I have this niggling suspicion that Obama won’t win the first vote outright?

    cthulhu (730b42)

  16. DRJ – I like the Lesley Gore selection. For party unity, I had a different idea.

    What do you think?

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  17. I like it, daleyrocks. The theme is perfect for Hillary and how could I not like a nice Weatherford girl like Mary Martin?

    DRJ (a5243f)

  18. I don’t think Bambi sees it coming. Given a reasonable chance, Bill and Hill will snatch the nomination right out from under THE ANOINTED ONE’s nose, quicker than boiled asparagus.

    TAO’s apparently too stupid to be POTUS. His wife is tough enough, she and the boys from Chicago who are calling the shots better step in quick and get TAO back on a short leash before he gives away the store.

    BTW, if Hillary can jerk him around so easily, what’s TAO going to do when the big bad wolf comes calling, hand out penny whistles?

    Ropelight (3100ad)

  19. BTW, if Hillary can jerk him around so easily, what’s TAO going to do when

    This short, divisive struggle has shown that He has a track record of not handling conflict well at all. From visiting the wounded soldiers to helping the wounded Hillary (or talking to reporters), BHO is simply not good at crunch time. The whole press-adulation thing makes him the Chauncey Gardiner of our times. The Candidate meets Being There.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  20. Maybe Hillary will talk about how Obama and his supporters, with the apparent tacit consent of the DNC, gamed the caucus process through sometimes very very questionable means, paving the way for him to selected, not elected as the party’s nominee. Comparing the popular vote percentages in the 13 states with both primaries and caucuses shows Obama secured the nomination through the caucus process and faded badly at the end.

    Little wonder Hillary’s recent proposal to reform the caucus process was met with no enthusiasm. To do so would have been to admit there were problems with it.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  21. from Drudge:

    McCain to crash Obama’s party; Will run ads during breaks of network DNC coverage

    Fantastic strategic move. Should make a night of must-see TV. The Washington Times.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  22. I don’t understand the courtesy vote or first vote. What is the rationale behind that?
    I read somewhere that she is going to give her votes over to Obama at the conclusion of her speech. I think Obama is in a very difficult position. It would take some of the focus off of the Clintons if he would discuss his Cabinet and get people talking about what kind of a leadership team he plans to have in place.

    Patricia (0fbad4)

  23. Listen, you all Obama supporters. Obama is not doing any favour by having Hillary’s name in the ballot. He has no choice as she is legally entittled to it. Besides, Obama is not yet the nominee until confirmed, though ballots, during the Convention, that’s why is the PRESUMPTIVE nominee for now. Just so you know, FDR won the nomination only on yhe 4th ballot. As an aside, Ted Kennedy was on the ballot at least a couple of times with a lot less delegates than Hillary. But what do I know, I’m a Canadian.

    Veridico (cd7d05)

  24. Don’t discount Hillary because she’s a woman with a penis. She may have some good ideas.

    Dr. Ted Baehr (0f0978)

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