- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 14, 2008


One-time foes Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on Thursday agreed she will receive a symbolic roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention, but Clinton supporters say that’s not enough.

The senators issued a joint statement finalizing months of discussions, with Mr. Obama saying that placing his former rival’s name into the nomination would be a way to “help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion.”

Mr. Obama said placing both names into nomination — one night following Mrs. Clinton’s speech at the convention — would help to honor her “historic campaign.”

Mrs. Clinton agreed, saying, “With every voice heard and the party strongly united, we will elect Senator Obama president of the United States and put our nation on the path to peace and prosperity once again.”

But some Clinton supporters view the roll call as their opportunity to recapture the nomination from a man they believe mistreated the former first lady.

Lady Boomer NYC wrote on a blog posting that she is working with other Clinton fans to convince delegates to vote for Mrs. Clinton.

“Speculation’s a-flyin’ that Hillary will use the occasion to release her delegates to Obama,” she wrote. “It could happen, but naturally we PUMAs will do all in our power to keep her ROAR fierce and encourage the delegates, who are being systematically threatened, coerced, and pressured to go over to the O-side, to remain strong and committed to the candidate we elected them to support.”

Others affiliated with the “PUMA” (party unity my –) group also are saying “Nobama.” They are even urging fellow fans to “watch anything but the convention” to make the ratings “abysmal.” Except, of course, Mrs. Clinton’s Tuesday evening speech.

“Let the DNC know we don’t care one iota about their convention, their crowning of an unqualified” nominee and “their disgraceful, shameful treatment of Hillary Clinton,” one group urged.

Though vocal and organized — they are planning a protest in Denver — the groups do not seem to have any affect on the delegates who will formally nominate Mr. Obama.

Party activists and members of Congress known as superdelegates have said they intend to vote for Mr. Obama, even those who early in the primary season pledged support to Mrs. Clinton.

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