I will believe it when given solid reason to believe it
I am not privy to the discussions going on between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama and respective members of their staff. I do know that looks can be deceiving, and that until Senator Obama, Senator Clinton, DNC Chair Howard Dean, and presumptive Convention Chair Nancy Pelosi all state publicly and unequivocally that Senator Clinton's name will definitely be put in nomination and they state publicly and unequivocally that time has been reserved for nominating speeches for both candidates, I am sticking to my course of action, which is to insist that the DNC and Senator Obama stop standing in the way of the first woman with a serious opportunity to become her Party's nominee and therefore candidate in the general election, and eventually the President of the United States of America. I am not expecting nor do I think that Senator Obama should withdraw his own bid for nomination.
Senator Obama has achieved a comparably historic position to Senator Clinton's in the sort of way I noted above. Just as Senator Clinton is the first woman with a real shot at the Democratic nomination; Senator Obama is the first black man with a genuine opportunity to achieve this goal. Because racism and more extreme forms of racial animosity, like sexism and misogyny, have played and still play an enormous role in our society, it is essential for the Democratic Party not to deny either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton their respectively earned chances to be elected at the Democratic National Convention come August. Neither candidate's campaign succeeded in making either of them the automatic nominee - neither won enough pledged delegates to qualify for that. That issue is water under the bridge: whether you think either candidate could have run a better campaign and managed to prevail in this manner or whether you wish one of them had, that is not what happened. Now delegates - pledged and unpledged - should have the opportunity to do the job envisioned by the Democratic Party's own rules and Procedures: elect the Democratic candidate at the Democratic Convention.
All relevant parties must quickly and absolutely assure rank and file Democrats that the Convention delegates will have this opportunity and that the opportunity will be a genuine one with nobody expecting or arranging any type of predetermined outcome of delegate balloting at the Convention itself. As I have been saying - and saying - unless the Democratic Party nominates its candidate in this manner this year, no Democratic candidate can win the general election in a year that should be a cakewalk for the Democratic party, with a relatively weak Republican candidate running in the shadow of what many regard as a disastrous Republican administration. The sooner Senator Obama, Senator Clinton, Dr. Dean and Speaker Pelosi make it clear that Senator Clinton and Senator Obama will be actual candidates for the nomination in a true election the more quickly rank and file Democrats will be able to unite around the principles of fairness and democracy that a genuinely free and fair election reflects and perpetuates. Note that a genuinely free and fair election is one that is wholly determined by the balloting procedures specified by The Democratic Party itself. There must be no side deals, such as one that would require either candidate to step aside if she or he does does not win a majority on the first ballot. Balloting must continue without improper coercion of delegates until balloting yields a majority for one candidate or the other.
As of today, we rank and file Democrats have nothing like the assurances I am talking about. According to some of the most recent coverage I could find, "Clinton's role at Democratic convention remains unclear" as the headline to the story states.
Acording to the AP/Hearst report, "Democratic Party leaders were pondering Thursday what role to give Hillary Rodham Clinton at the party's convention later this month – and whether to allow her name to be placed in nomination alongside Barack Obama's."I do not see what there is to ponder. The Party has a set of procedures for what is to be done in the circumstances it now faces. Indeed, these procedures were formulated in the event this sort of situation were to arise. Pondering is an irrelevant waste of time when we already have a mechanism for electing a nominee when none makes it to the convention with enough pledged delegates to win. The Democratic Party should simply inform both contenders that it will be using those procedures, and only those procedures, to fairly and freely elect one or the other as the nominee.
As for the candidates themselves, they are a long way from making it clear that this is their understanding and expectation. From the same news story quoted above:
Neither [Senator Clinton nor Senator Obama] directly answered questions about whether Mrs. Clinton's name should be placed in nomination so that her backers could record their votes.So, pondering and negotiating continue. Time for both to cease. The quickest route to a smooth convention, which all involved say they want, is to make it absolutely crystal clear to all delegates, and all rank and file Democrats, that there will be a smooth and honest election at the Convention, which will be held according to established Democratic Party procedures and in line with authentically democratic principles.
"I'm letting our respective teams work out details," Mr. Obama said. Asked if that meant he wouldn't object to her name being placed in nomination and a vote taken, Mr. Obama said: "I didn't say that. I said that they're working it out."
Mrs. Clinton has not said whether she will seek a formal vote on her bid for the nomination.