- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Several organizations that supported Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid to become the nominee of the Democratic Party are planning parades during the convention in Denver and across the nation. They want to “celebrate” Mrs. Clinton’s historic achievement as the first woman who came close to capturing the Democratic nomination. Rather than encouraging divisiveness, they should support either presumptive nominee, or Libertarian Bob Barr.

The parades are being planned for Aug. 26, when Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to deliver a speech. This will coincide with the 88th anniversary of women’s suffrage. “First we were grieving and then we got angry,” said Marilyn Fitterman, the former president of New York State National Organization of Women. “I feel there’s hope now that Hillary may get the nomination.” Other organizations such as Colorado Women Count/Women Vote, PUMA (Party Unity My A—) and Just Say No Deal Coalition also intend to stage protests and rallies. Such die-hard Clinton supporters are hoping that a roll call vote at the convention may result in Mrs. Clinton being the nominee.

Many Clinton supporters also claim that Sen. Barack Obama has not given enough “recognition” to Mrs. Clinton’s achievements nor enough support for the issues she raised during the campaign. This is false. Mr. Obama has made Team Hillary a partner in drafting the party platform, has pledged to help her with her campaign debts and is giving her a plum speaking role at the convention.

Clinton supporters have every right to celebrate the victories of Mrs. Clinton, and sore losers have the right to protest so long as they protest by following the letter of the law. But, American voters don’t want a raucous and violent Democratic convention like they witnessed in Chicago in 1968.

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