I woke up this morning to a story on the news about a couple of Clinton delegates (one male, one female) who were planning to cast their votes at the convention for Hillary, on the grounds that that's what they were pledged to do and that's what the voters in Colorado, which they represented, had sent them to Denver to do. One of them wasn't sure whom she'd be voting for in November; the other said very clearly that he was voting for Obama, given that there really wasn't any other choice.
That's a dichotomy that the Very Serious People in the media have been playing up as we've been running up to the Democratic National Convention--the dissatisfaction they claim many of those who supported Hillary Clinton in the primaries feel with Barack Obama. John McCain even tried to capitalize on that with an ad (part of which NPR played for the two Clinton delegates), in which a woman who claims to be a Democrat and a Hillary supporter says that she's going to be voting for McCain this fall and that "It's OK."
It pleased me that NPR (for once) played a clip of Hillary Clinton's response to that bit of electioneering bullshit: "I'm Hillary Clinton, and I do not approve of that message." It would please me even further if tomorrow, in headlines and nut grafs across the dead-tree media, and sound bytes everywhere else, I heard some of the following excerpts from Hillary's address to the convention in Denver tonight:
We are on the same team, and none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines.
No way, no how, no McCain.
Barack Obama is my candidate, and he must be our president.
Most of all, I ran to stand up for all those who have been invisible to their government for eight long years. Those are the reasons I ran for president, and those are the reasons I support Barack Obama for president.
It makes a lot of sense that next week John McCain and George Bush will be together in the Twin Cities, because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart.
I think her speech tonight should put an end to any doubts that the Democratic Party is united behind its candidate. It should put an end to this "PUMA" nonsense--which seems, increasingly, more and more likely to have been a Republican disinformation program all along. It should absolutely put an end to any more defections by people claiming to be Democrats, thinking that it would be OK to vote for McCain in this election.