I am hoping this is a desperate and vicious lie. If it is, its damning proof that the puma crowd, riverdaughter in particular, will go to any length to sabotage a Democratic victory. Clinton’s response to McCain’s recent ad slamming Obama for picking Biden over Hillary could just as easily apply to them:
Kathleen Strand, a spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton, responded to the ad with the following statement:
“Hillary Clinton’s support of Barack Obama is clear. She has said repeatedly that Barack Obama and she share a commitment to changing the direction of the country, getting us out of Iraq, and expanding access to health care. John McCain doesn’t. It’s interesting how those remarks didn’t make it into his ad.”
The purpose of the roll call vote is to make clear who is voting for whom. A roll call vote is an accountability tool. (One might question who the delegates are being made accountable to). If votes are decided a day or so before hand, with no last minute campaigning at the convention itself, its not the end of the world. It would be, however, a remarkably poor move on the part of the DNC. If true and not a PUMA sourced lie, it would essentially as though the DNC were asked to add one more straw onto the back of party unity, and happily complied with a free sack of bricks to boot.
John McCain couldn’t ask for a bigger political present. His own party is fracturing between the religious right, the nativists, and the corporatists. He’s running for office under the banner of the most unpopular president in American history. If Democrats succumb so easily to defeatist media narratives, Republicrats, and in-fighting, we’ll find November a much tougher contest than we imagine.