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Disunity in Denver for the Democrats

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All is not well in Denver. Matter of fact, it’s almost reminiscent of the Wild, Wild West.

The Democratic faithful is split into two camps. The Obama camp wants to control every visual, every word, and almost every thought at the convention, The Clinton camp is busy at work seeing a slight or being offended at anything.

Case in point: The Obama camp has been cooking up a deal where delegates would actually cast their votes from their hotel rooms tomorrow morning. This would put out the image Wednesday night that Unity does exist in the blue universe.

The problem is, a move like that would make Clinton supporters virtually disappear.

Chuck Plunkett, Allison Sherry and Kimberly Johnson of The Denver Post reported it this way this morning:

Supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton furiously circulated petitions on the floor of the Democratic National Convention last night, hoping to stave off a plan to hold the convention’s roll call at breakfast Wednesday — out of the public eye — sources inside the delegations said.

Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, [pictured at right] a former state co-chair for Clinton said she knows the camps are in negotiations about what to do. “My view is we need to come together as a party,” DeGette said. “I admire Hillary Clinton greatly, but I think it would be divisive to have a vote on the floor. We need to have a unanimous vote.”

Divisive to have a floor vote? That doesn’t sound like unity to me. It’s more like the Obama camp is forcing a vision of unity on not only the American public, but its own party.

UPDATE at 6:35 p.m. Eastern: And the clock is still ticking on a decision. Don Frederick of the Los Angeles Times, in his blog, quotes an unnamed DNC member this afternoon:

“Whether or not there will be a roll call — and. if so, under what conditions — is entirely up to the Obama campaign. And they have not yet decided what the roll call is going to look like.”

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August 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm

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