Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Hillary Clinton may not have that much control over her own delegates, who are still whipped up into a frenzy over what they view as slights from the Obama campaign.
Clinton delegate and Los Angeles women's lawyer Gloria Allred grabbed a napkin from the tables at the California delegation breakfast this morning and wore it as a gag to protest not being allowed to speak at the breakfast.
"I was not elected to be a potted plant," Allred said through her gag, holding up DNC rules that say delegates must vote as they are elected. California has 204 delegates pledged to Hillary Clinton, versus 166 for Obama.
Clinton delegate Julie Wong of Los Gatos was handing out white wrist bands to rally solidarity at the convention tonight when Clinton speaks. Hillary supporters have a march planned for today, which coincides with the anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.
Allred said Clinton herself "doesn't have the legal power" to tell her own delegates how to vote. "She can do it, but that doesn't mean we have to do it," Allred said.
The Obama and Clinton camps have worked out an agreement to limit a symbolic but potentially divisive roll call vote Wednesday. Hillary has said she will vote for Obama herself, and has vowed to work for party unity, knowing her own political future rests on it.
Her husband may be a bigger problem. He's said to be still smarting over being labeled a racist during the primaries, and he's got his own speech Wednesday night -- stretching out Clinton double billing that will continue to distract from Obama's unity message. If there's anything Bill Clinton knows how to do, it's steal a show.
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