What’s a pledged delegate to do?
You’ve probably heard by now that Hillary Clinton’s name will appear on the nomination ballot at that Democratic National Convention next week. As the only Maine public leader elected official (PLEO) delegate to the convention for Senator Hillary Clinton, I will have the historic opportunity to vote for the first-ever woman to appear on the nomination ballot for the United States Presidency.
Great! Problem is, Clinton herself doesn’t want her name on the ballot and is voting for Obama.
Technically Clinton did not withdraw as a nominee, but rather suspended her campaign, and we all know she received more delegates and more votes than any other defeated candidate in history, so sure, put her name on the ballot. This will not be the first time a defeated primary candidate’s name is placed in nomination—there was Jerry Brown in 1992, and in 1984 Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson’s names also appeared on the ballot.
This time it seems different. Charges of race-baiting and sexism were hurled back and forth between the camps during the campaign, and some are critical of the DNC for abdicating leadership on these hurtful issues. Where was Howard Dean, anyway, during the primary? Isn’t it Obama’s job now to unify the party?
What’s a pledged delegate to do? What do you think about my “opportunity”?