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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Whip

posted by on August 21 at 9:40 AM

One of the best new story-lines ahead of the Democratic convention is how Hillary Clinton’s people are deploying a “whip” team to keep her disgruntled delegates from doing anything too crazy (like playing kazoos for example—seriously).

Well, it just so happens that, to prepare myself for Denver, I had a long talk yesterday afternoon with the whip for the Washington State Clinton delegation. That would be former state Democratic party chair Paul Berendt, and he sounded genuinely nervous about being able to keep at least one of Washington’s 25 Clinton delegates in line. (Naturally, this particular delegate is first on the list of people I want to interview in Denver.)

Berendt also gave me a very interesting breakdown of where the Washington delegation stands, vote-wise. We have a total of 97 delegates headed to the Democratic National convention. Of those, 17 are superdelegates who will presumably vote for Obama, 55 are Obama delegates, and, as mentioned above, 25 are Clinton delegates.

Now, you’ve probably heard about how Clinton’s name is going to be placed in nomination so that her supporters can vote for her and have a moment of “catharsis.” Of course, the more catharsis they have, the worse it looks for Obama. So are any of this state’s Clinton delegates going to give up the ghost and vote for Obama instead?

Not very likely. Berendt says he’s personally waiting to hear directly from Clinton at the convention. And he describes Washington’s Clinton delegates this way:

This Hillary group is very dedicated to her. They’ve kind of gotten over the fact that she wasn’t nominated, but there’s still a deep-seated loyalty to her, and for a number of these people they’re still watching her and trying to read between the lines… They just want to make sure she’s fully respected and acknowledged at the convention… It’s real. It’s very hard core.

Who so hard core?

This was a time for a dynamic woman to be elected president. There’s still some bitterness about that… It shocked a lot of people that Obama seemed to have this cult-like following. It kind of surprises me, honestly.

Thus sayeth the Clinton whip from Washington. It’ll be fascinating to see how all this plays out in Denver—and me, Annie Wagner, and Charles Mudede will be there watching closely.

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There is certainly nothing cult-like about Clinton's following.

Posted by Smade | August 21, 2008 9:50 AM

"This was time for a dynamic woman to be elected president", So tell me, why did they support Hillary in the first place?

Posted by Whiworth Fag | August 21, 2008 9:50 AM

So, let me get this straight - they're going to vote for a 7-2 anti-choice anti-equal-pay Supreme Court with McCain instead?


Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 9:53 AM

@1: What's cultish about a neurotic obsession that persists long after logic, mathematics, fiscal accountability and democratic will have all had their say?

Posted by Ziggity | August 21, 2008 9:55 AM

Am I the only person sick of people thinking that Roe v Wade was about abortion? Abortion was the secondary element of the case; the constititional question was the 14 amendment and the right to due process along with the right of privacy as protected in Griswold v Connecticut. When they talk about overturning Roe v Wade they are trying to get a whole lot more than allowing states to ban abortion, so much more.

Posted by Whitworth Fag | August 21, 2008 9:59 AM

So we have to watch out for Clintonistas disrupting the convention by playing kazoos and who act like the scriptures have ordained this time to be that of the dynamic woman candidate but Obama is the one with the cult-like following?

Posted by Banna | August 21, 2008 10:02 AM

There isn't anything worse than a mega Obama fan. I'd rather lick vagina than vote for Obama. I'm voting for McCain if Hillary isn't attached. Period.

Posted by someone | August 21, 2008 10:13 AM

Good luck with that, @7. Call us when you're drafted for the Russian invasion.

Posted by Ziggity | August 21, 2008 10:18 AM

The whole "Obama supporters are like a cult" meme is so incredibly played out. Even McCain isn't getting that much traction out of it these days. It's overhyped, unoriginal, and when uttered by a Clinton supporter, a wonderful example of the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by Hernandez | August 21, 2008 10:21 AM

Way to betray America and our core values of Truth, Justice, and the American Middle Class way of life, @7.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 10:23 AM

Mmmm, licking vagina. That sounds like fun, as long as it's clean and attached to a hot body. I'd rather lick vagina than vote for anyone, really, but seeing as how I can both lick vagina and vote Obama, I shall be doing both. More of the former than the latter. Now excuse me while I go masturbate to the thoughts of a vagina grinding on my face with her hands grasping my head......... hoo, hot!

Posted by yum | August 21, 2008 10:24 AM

Please equip these whips with tasers.

Posted by Fnarf | August 21, 2008 10:47 AM

simple - without Hilary, the Obama/Somebody ticket will loose

sorry to disturb the rapture of it all

the Mc Cain negative machine will chew him up and spit him out

Posted by Adam | August 21, 2008 10:56 AM

@11 Given that Washington is a vote-by-mail state, it is possible to lick vagina and vote for Obama simultaneously in the safety and comfort of your own home. Two-fers don't get much more exciting than that. Excuse me, I need to have word with the missus.

Posted by Smade | August 21, 2008 10:57 AM

But multi-tasking is bad for you, @14.

I recommend concentrating on the task at hand, personally. Don't mix sex and politics. Unless you're a Republican. Or Edwards.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 11:27 AM

@7: you lick the VULVA. licking vagina is really tough. your tongue can't reach the g spot, so there isn't much point.

Posted by max solomon | August 21, 2008 12:11 PM

Some people have very long tongues.

And, remember, don't go straight for the clitoris.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 12:24 PM

Jesus God, if there's ONE THING I don't want to see on the Slog EVER, it's tips on sex technique from goddamn Will in Seattle.

Posted by Fnarf | August 21, 2008 1:18 PM

I'd rather lick vagina than vote period. But since I haven't had any delicious hair pie offered to me lately, I guess I'll vote. (then again, I don't know why I couldn't do both).

Posted by elswinger | August 21, 2008 3:31 PM

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