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Not a bad idea (also):

In an unusual move, Hillary Clinton's staff is creating a 40-member "whip team" at the Denver Democratic convention to ensure that her supporters don't engage in embarrassing anti-Obama demonstrations during the floor vote on her nomination, according to people familiar with the planning.

The team, which is being organized by longtime Clinton staffer Craig Smith, is working in conjunction with Obama's floor organizers to help foster the image of a unified front during a roll-call process Clinton herself has described as an emotional "catharsis" for her disappointed supporters.

"If people get down there on the floor and want to start blowing kazoos and making a scene we want to make sure we've got people who stand in front of them with Obama signs," said person involved in the planning.

"Is it typical for a losing candidate to have their own whip team? No. But it's also not usual for a losing candidate to get 18 million votes either," said the person.

Indeed. Uncle Dave says he'll help me teach my Unity Pony how to play the kazoo.

I'm so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Submitted by Damon on

They've totally given up on the unity crap, though, they never really tried it on to be honest. Looks like they are going straight damage-control for this one. lol Kazoos are the very least of their problems, to be honest.

But, I can see it now. Some young, beefy Obama follower, err...delegate tackling a little old lady blowing on a kazoo. The image is absolutely priceless.

In all seriousness, there is nothing a group of Hillary supporters could stage at the convention that'd be any more embarrassing than what the Obama campaign is doing to itself on a near daily basis as of late.

What they need to be worrying about is Obama pulling some stunt, like being lowered into Mile High on some harness from a helicopter.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

Jonestown redux

“When someone engages in divisive behavior, any resulting division is their responsibility” - Melissa McEwan

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

...I haven't heard of any plans for "anti-Obama" demonstrations on the convention floor, and no one I know is even discussing them.

So where is this stuff coming from? And why is there no mention of the (much more likely, IMHO) anti-Clinton demonstrations by Obama zealots?

Of course, this is the Politico, so what do you expect?

Submitted by lambert on

... Clinton has her own whip operation.

But I love the kazoos. Whatever this agglomeration of New Agenda types, PUMAs, paranoid dead enders, and bitter clinger-tos might turn out to be, I think it's crucial that they have a common musical instrument on which to play anthems, marching tunes, and such, and given the state of our discourse, there truly is only one instrument possible: The kazoo. [hums]

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

The MessyBC boiz must be giggling like adolescents.

“When someone engages in divisive behavior, any resulting division is their responsibility” - Melissa McEwan

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Submitted by elixir on

we're in for a fun convention. Lots of noise, people with Obama signs being put in front of kazooers, people handing Clinton signs to Clinton supporters. Why the hell can't they have their own signs?!!?!

Sounds like crowd control/suppression to me. Is it me or is there a lot of information flying off the wheel pre-convention?

I love this job!

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Submitted by hobson on

It's amazing how viral this story is. There are pages of google links all based on the politico post. Apparently no one has thought to call Clinton headquarters and ask about it. They all have opinions about it though.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

at least for Hillary. I suspect the Obama people and media think it is - Hillary has to try to wrangle her crazy supporters. But what it says to me is that Hillary's supporters are so enthusiastic (and Obama has done so little to win them over) that people are worried about them at the convention and it's a reminder of how very many there will be at the convention. And that Hillary once again should be seen as doing everything she can to help Obama win and make the convention a success. This is a good thing, IMO. Because if Obama loses, it should be his fault and not hers. Acting up at the convention (beyond showing enthusiasm for Hillary) is not helpful if you have hopes for her in 2012 or 2016, IMO. And I do think if Obama loses this year or is a disaster as President, she'll run in 2012 and probably be the heavy favorite to win.

I started the election out as unenthusiastic about Hillary Clinton, but I've come to think she may be the best we can do given the choices the media permits us. While she's still too centrist for my tastes, I think she sees a lot of what's going on. She's certainly one of the smartest politicians I've ever heard speak. So I really want to see next week go well for her. I'm sure she and Bill will give excellent speeches. In fact, I'll call the same shot here I did at Talk Left and predict Bill will make a more compelling case for Obama than Obama will. So long as her supporters are enthusiastic but respectful (which I totally expect them to be, btw), she should have a great week.

Which should help not only her, but also Obama. Tues-Thurs will feature Clinton, Clinton, and Gore, three clear reminders of how much better people were 10 years ago than they are now.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on


Although the dog whistles would probably sell better at the GOP convention

“When someone engages in divisive behavior, any resulting division is their responsibility” - Melissa McEwan

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

actually, rather than doing sales, go into dog-whistle re-tuning. This is a green convention after all, and its much better to re-use the Oborg's sexist dogwhistles -- and with a few adjustments, they can be turned into ageist dogwhistles.