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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hillary Releases Her Delegates

posted by on August 27 at 14:03 PM

As the AP reported she would a week ago, Hillary Clinton released her delegates at a reception for them this afternoon at the Convention Center. Via the New York Times:

Mrs. Clinton told her delegates they were free to vote for Mr. Obama during the afternoon nominating roll call, but she did not direct them to do so. “I am here to release you as my delegates,” she told her supporters at the Convention Center in Denver, according to The Associated Press. Many responded with shouts of “No, no.” She added, to cheers, “I am not telling you what to do.”

The announcement of Mrs. Clinton’s move largely ended any suspense about how the nominating process would play out and assured that Mr. Obama would appear before the convention Thursday evening with the vigorous support of the more than 4,400 Democratic Party delegates.

The formal roll call of the states will begin at 4 p.m. local time and end quickly with the nomination of Mr. Obama, the first African-American presidential candidate of a major political party.

I’m pretty sure this piece changed over the last few minutes to reflect the fact that many Clinton delegates plan to (or already have—the ballots were distributed this morning) vote for Clinton anyway. I’m here at the Pepsi Center now, watching the Washington delegation cheer wildly every ten minutes or so for reasons I can’t figure out.

The teleprompter was showing the opening lines of the Pledge of Allegiance a minute ago, but the screen is blank now.

As ever, I am freezing my butt off. But I brought dinner.

And the band that you all hate so much has just begun its opening number.

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I love the band.

It stalks me in my dreams.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 27, 2008 2:07 PM

After watching Hillary last night we finally watched the last few episodes of the Sopranos. I kept wishing the DNC had any where near the musical taste and appropriate, sly, wittiness of David Chase/Little Steven.

Posted by hillpagan | August 27, 2008 2:11 PM

“I am not telling you what to do.” Oh Hillary, you gave such a great speech last night. just tell them to vote for Obama so we can all go home.

Posted by blaire with an e | August 27, 2008 2:11 PM

tv saying she will cut off the roll call vote and move to nominate Obama by acclamation.

I believe the chair will have the power to sort of proclaim the acclamation unanimous, and kind of not hear the sundry objection here or there....hey you can't follow the rules all the time....

Posted by PC | August 27, 2008 2:13 PM

To match the hybrid Neanderthal/Infantile mentality of the American public, they should put Hillary and Barack in a cage and have them fight to the death for the nomination.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 27, 2008 2:27 PM

Oh, but you see, Hillary, you COULD tell them what to do if you had any sense of decency. I guess we're lucky we got a good speech out of her.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | August 27, 2008 2:30 PM

How magnanimous of her.

Posted by Trevor | August 27, 2008 2:35 PM

And there's this doozy of a quote from Claire McCaskill: "If she's [Hillary] not a strong enough leader to get her followers to do what's right for America, then that would surprise me," McCaskill told the AP. "I think they are going to follow her lead, and her lead was very crystal clear last night."

But Hillary's created something she can't control--sort of like the the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | August 27, 2008 2:35 PM

Obama Hugs all around!

We have LIFTOFF!

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 27, 2008 5:38 PM

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