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PUMAs Roar: A Symbolic Vote is not Enough!

This morning many in the corporate media were cheering Obama’s supposedly magnanimous agreement with Hillary Clinton to allow her name to be placed in nomination at the Democratic Convention. Sorry, but as Riverdaughter said earlier, “we’re not done yet.” I still smell a rat.

ABC News quotes turncoat Lanny Davis as follows:

“We are absolutely committed to electing Barack Obama and this is the best way to do it so let people have their moment,” Davis said. “Sen. Clinton will assure that nothing will occur that will hinder Sen. Obama ‘s chances but even more will help him by when it comes time for her vote, by voting for him and by moving at the convention to nominate Sen. Obama by acclamation.”

Davis said Clinton will have “no sympathy” for some of her supporters who pledge to continue to try to get her nominated at the convention.

“It’s a free country and some of the more passionate and less, say, constructive of her supporters are a very, very small minority, might try to do something like that,” he said. “No one can be associated with more loyalty and dedication than I towards Sen. Clinton and I will and many of us will be very critical of anybody on the convention floor to do anything that undermines Sen. Obama.”

“If that happened, if someone who hogs the microphone or tries to demagogue or tries to be negative, there will no sympathy from Hillary Clinton or loyalists such as myself,” Davis said.

Oh really, Lanny? Maybe you should have kept this under your hat for awhile. We are not going to be satisfied with a symbolic vote, and for Hillary to vote against her own nomination would be both ridiculous and demeaning. Nope. Not buying it. This may be a step in the right direction, but it isn’t going to mollify those of us who believe the nomination was gamed for Obama from the beginning.

As SM wrote yesterday, we want a real nominating convention and if necessary we want a floor fight! Not only that, Lanny, most of us are never going to vote for Obama in November no matter what happens. All you have accompished by this move is to show us that we are having an effect on the process. On top of that, Obama now looks even weaker than before. As Michael Goodwin wrote in the New York Daily news yesterday,

Obama blinked and stands guilty of appeasing Clinton by agreeing to a roll call vote for her nomination. That he might not have had much choice if he wanted peace only proves the point that he’s playing defense at his own convention.

What does he get out of it? Not much and not for long.

The fleeting sense that he is a magnanimous nominee won’t get him a single vote he wouldn’t get anyway. Ditto for the idea that he’s going the extra mile to unify the party. Those who refuse to accept him as the legitimate winner aren’t likely to do so just because he caves into her demands.

It makes him look weak and ratifies Clinton’s sense of entitlement to share party leadership and the convention spotlight.

It was supposed to be his party. Now it’s theirs. His and hers.

Correctamundo! We are now going to redouble our efforts now. If you give us an inch, we will take a mile. We still have time to turn this into a real nomination fight. Get the claws out PUMAs, this is our time. “We are the ones no one expected!”