Careful what you wish for

So there was a lot of clamoring for Senator Clinton's name to be entered into nomination at the convention, a lot of talk of catharsis and whatnot, but it seems not everyone is so thrilled with the prospect of actually voting for Clinton at the convention.


Just how many former Clinton supporters will vote for the former first lady during the symbolic first ballot is anybody’s guess, but each of them will be called upon to do so — whether they want to or not....

Other onetime Clinton backers are reluctant to reverse course for fear of angering their black constituents.

“My boss is totally conflicted about it — and pissed Hillary is putting us in this position,” said a congressional staffer for another New York House member. “We still haven’t made up our mind and I don’t know when we are going to.”
To a certain extent, I think Clinton is in a no-win situation here. If she didn't press to have her name included on the ballot, her strongest supporters (the ones who've been helping her pay down that massive campaign debt) would have felt betrayed. If she pressed too hard (which for some, wrongly, meant asking about it in the first place), then she risks being seen as disloyal to the party, and Clinton, whatever else you may think of her, is a loyal Democrat, so that's important to her.

So who am I talking about in the title? Ah, it's those hardcore Clinton supporters for whom the inclusion was the important thing. It's the ones who keep hoping against hope that something will happen to Obama between now and the convention, something so devastating that it will mean Clinton can still win the nomination. You've gotten what you asked for--she's on the ballot, and you (assuming you're actually a voter at the convention) will get to put your name on record as having supported her, even though she's supporting Obama. And the people who you've put in an untenable position will not thank you for that.

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