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14 August 2008

Georgia Delegates Will Get A Chance To Vote For Hillary Clinton At The Convention

On February 5th, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won 47 delegates from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention, and it now looks like those 47 individuals will have a chance to cast a vote for their candidate.

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reports that the Senators Clinton and Obama are very close to an agreement that would allow for Hillary's close to 1,900 delegates vote for her on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention.

"Reports of strife between negotiators for Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are exaggerated and the two sides are nearing an agreement on how Clinton's delegates will participate in the formal nominating process at the Democratic National Convention, according to advisers to both Democrats.

...within the past week, Clinton advisers informed the Obama team that many of Clinton's staunchest supporters felt strongly that something had to be done, and that Clinton had concluded that, in part for the sake of unity, their wishes ought to be respected. They heard back immediately: the Obama campaign had always been open to having her name placed in nomination alongside his.
[Source: The Atlantic, "Clinton's Name Likely To Be Placed In Nomination; Agreement Near With Obama Campaign", August 14, 2008]

Honestly, since we've learned so much about the Democrats' presidential nomination process, why not finish it.

Why not have Hillary's name placed in nomination with all the pomp and circumstance included; from the nominating & seconding speeches to a loud and boisterous demonstration from all of Hillary's delegates.

Then after the roll call of the states in completed and Barack Obama is over the top, have a prominent Hillary supporter make a motion to suspend the rules and nominate Obama by acclamation.

That way everyone has participated in the process, from start to finish, and we can unite around our Democratic presidential nominee.