You can't take two steps in any direction at the Pepsi Center without a member of the press trying to provoke you into speculation about a revolt from the Clinton delegates. I guess the real story of party unity is not sexy enough.
For those of you keeping score at home -- ignore what you are hearing on TV. The party is unified. Am I going to vote for Hillary -- hell yeah! If she releases her delegates and asks me to vote for Obama, will I do it? Hell yeah! Am I going to vote for McCain in November? Hell no!
In another post, Ms. Justus writes about participating in the Gay and Lesbian caucus:
I spent 2 hours this afternoon at the LGBT caucus. It was packed and exciting. The LGBT caucus was first recognized in 1996. This year we make up 6% of the total delegates -- a 41% increase over 2004. Missouri has a total of 9 LGBT delegates. That's progress baby!
While Ms. Justus is writing about progress (baby or otherwise), I lament a party that does not tolerate any deviation from the strict playbook that has been in place for the last several years. The party wonders about the difficulty it has had in winning national elections (only one Democratic president in nearly three decades), when it has systematically pushed party members who do not believe in abortion out of the party. When hot button issues such as abortion and gay marriage take center stage, the national Democratic party has suffered every time. The GOP has been able to make hay for years by using these moral issues. The moral issues will not likely play a major role this year because of the state of the economy, but middle of the road Democrats, a dying commodity on the national stage, have been left with nowhere to go (just like middle of the road Republicans).