[Posted by WLS]
The AP is reporting that the Obama and Clinton campaigns have been discussing a plan that would cut off the roll call of the individual state delegations, and proceed to a call for Unanimous Consent in favor of Obama in order to demonstrate party unity. One idea is for Hillary to announce the votes of the NY delegation — or after those are announced — and then Hillary will call for Obama’s nomination by acclamation.
I’m not sure how she can agree to that after stating publicly earlier that she herself would vote for Obama, but for the rest of her delegates it was a personal decision that each would make. If she goes through on this idea in the AP story, she could be seen as cutting off the votes of her supporters — maybe driving more of them into the McCain camp.
This strikes me as a particularly bad idea. Obama’s camp should simply come to grips with the fact that he won by a very narrow margin, and the rollcall of the delegates is going to reflect that. He should take comfort in the fact that most of the superdelegates broke for him. He should also work as hard as possible to recruit Clinton delegates to vote for him. But then he should let them vote.
The few minutes of unease when Clinton will remain close in the delegate count will pass and be forgotten after he gives his speech Thurs night. But all this handwringing over having a traditional rollcall only serves to make him look weaker still — this time to Dems.