LatinaLista — Not even the announcement of Sen. Joe Biden as Barack Obama’s running mate could minimize the long shadow cast by Hillary Clinton over the Democratic National Convention.
Hillary Clinton (in yellow) appears at the Hispanic Caucus meeting on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
With news reports that her supporters are now angry that Obama didn’t choose her as his VP and that they are even more fueled to vote for McCain over Obama is a sad commentary on loyalty run amuck.
The unfortunate thing is that Hillary is only prolonging her swan song — to the point that her message teeters on “Don’t do as I say, do as I feel.”
The dilemma for the Democratic campaign is how many will follow Hillary’s heart?
Latina Lista will be the first to say that this election has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Democratic primary. Her example of what a woman can do when it comes to running for the highest office in the land sets the bar for intelligence, grace and passion while battling an old boy network.
That she was able to win over so many Latino voters is no small feat either. She surpassed gender roadblocks that are still being thrown at Latina politicians and political wannabes. Also, that she has made it a public point to personally reach out to Latinos endears her even more to the Latino electorate that supported her — and which makes it doubly harder for Latinos to accurately decipher the message she’s trying to deliver.
After all, while Latinos like to say we look at the facts and evaluate a candidate’s electability based on their qualifications and experiences, nine times out of ten, votes are cast on how we “feel” about that person or how we perceive that candidate’s message.
An Associated Press report reveals that a deal being brokered between Obama and Clinton will let Clinton bask in the last few rays of shining support she enjoys by giving her some votes in the roll call for the presidential nomination.
Democratic officials involved in the negotiations said Monday the idea is that at the start of the state-by-state vote for the presidential nomination Wednesday night, delegates would cast their votes for Clinton or Obama.
But the voting would be cut off after a couple of states, the officials said, perhaps ending with New York, when Clinton herself would call for unanimous backing for Obama from the convention floor. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity while the deal was being finalized.
Clinton said she has told her delegates she will vote for Obama, but she would not instruct them how to vote.
While this may fulfill the as-of-yet elusive dream of Clinton to hear her name being called on the convention floor, it doesn’t help the situation among those voters who may get confused as to whether or not Clinton is still in the race. Not even the argument that “people are smarter than that” can offset the unavoidable confusion that this kind of stunt will most likely contribute in the minds of those voters, limited English Latino voters and elderly voters, who aren’t really sold on Obama in the first place.
To prove this point, Latina Lista friend and fellow blogger New Mexico FBIHOP, who is attending the Democratic convention in Denver, reports that Hillary made an appearance at the Hispanic Caucus meeting. Here, in an arena with highly-educated and informed Latinos, it was necessary to publicize the theme of “Unity” and for everyone to reiterate the message to vote for Barack.
ln fact, Hillary couldn’t say it enough:
Clinton began, “Now we come together here in Denver, the Mile High City, to come together and support the best President of the United States — Barack Obama.”
She also addressed, obliquely, the “PUMAs” who are considering voting for McCain instead of Sen. Obama.
“I’m asking all of you who supported me, and I’m eternally grateful, to work as hard for Barack Obama as you did for me,” again to cheers from the crowd.
We can only hope that Hillary’s message is taken to heart by all voters, especially on the heels of news that one of the most infamous Republican congressmen who had to resign from Congress in disgrace for money laundering, is about to be a free man.
Money-laundering charges against former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay and two indicted co-conspirators may be dismissed because the 2002 campaign finance case involved checks and not cash, a lawyer for DeLay said Sunday night.
“We win,” said Dick DeGuerin, DeLay’s lawyer, “because there’s nothing but checks in the case.”
It is time for real change in Washington and we can’t afford to let that goal get muddled by egos or swan songs that won’t take a final curtain call.