Why?

Kate Snow of ABC tells us:

A deal has been brokered between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that will allow Clinton’s name to be placed in nomination at next week’s Democratic nominating convention, sources close to the Clinton camp told ABC News. “Both sides agree that it is in the best interest of party unity and making sure that everyone’s voice and vote is honored to make sure her name is put into nomination,” a person close the negotiations said.

Why is that in the best interest of the Democratic party? I’m just asking.

Because I’m just having a real hard time swallowing the spin that’s being pumped out of there by the campaigns, the DNC and the media. There are Clintons involved in this for heaven sake!

Michael Goodwin of the NY Post says:

“Russia rolls over Georgia, Hillary Clinton does the same to Barack Obama. Now we know who’s boss. … Obama blinked and stands guilty of appeasing Clinton by agreeing to a roll call vote for her nomination. … It was supposed to be his party. Now it’s theirs. His and hers.”

It would seem to me that it puts Hillary in a position to steal the show (I don’t think she can steal the nomination, but stranger things have happened). And I am desperately trying to figure out why placing her name in nomination knowing she’s not going to be nominated is in the best interest of the party.

Do they think replaying the primaries on the convention floor is going to heal the supposed rift that exists between Clinton and Obama supporters? How? Couldn’t it just as easily reopen what one would assume was a wound that was healing.

And should Obama really trust the Clintons? According to party rules, 300 delegates must sign a petition to place the name of a candidate in nomination. And such an application must also be signed by the candidate in question. So I find this from Mark Ambinder to be a bit of spin:

Although Clinton had resisted pressure from donors, allies and supporters to accept demands to allow her name placed in nomination, she and aides to Obama seemed to realize independently that doing so would be the best way to incorporate and welcome Clinton’s supporters into Obama’s general election campaign, both symbolically and practically.

The offical line is they all said, “hey, let’s do this because she’s such a great gal and deserves the nod from all of us for her effort”.

So I don’t buy into this as a magnanimous party unity move on the part of the Obama camp to placate Clinton. I see it a move by Clinton supporters who aren’t at all happy with the outcome of the primary process to actually make a run at the nomination. I don’t think it is going to succeed, but my guess is they followed the rules and the Dems had no option but to allow it and are now doing a little preconvention spinning to hide the disunity.

Why else would the Obama camp allow such at thing if it could prevent it?

I can’t wait to watch this process as it unfolds in Denver. My guess is, far from unifying the party, this will end up splintering off a significant faction which is slavishly dedicated to the Clintons by again reminding them that their candidate (at least in their world) got screwed.

I certainly hope so, anyway.

Crossposted at QandO.

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