Enraged by reports that Sen. Clinton was not even vetted to join the Obama ticket, some of her delegates are now circulating a petition to force a floor vote on Clinton for vice president. It’s hard for these diehards to understand why Clinton, who garnered 18 million votes, was passed over for Biden, whose standing in the polls was the same as comedian Stephen Colbert’s.
The delegate who organized the move, Texas high-school teacher Aaron Paz, says the petition needs at least 300 signatures. So far he has about 500 committments from national delegates to sign and circulate the petition…
Paz & Co. recognize the uphill battle they face, but he says they have a “hospitality room, copies of the petition, clipboards, communication plans, timelines, speeches, floor rules and a strong dedication to make the party stronger with Hillary on the ticket.”
A larger barrier emerged yesterday: Clinton’s delegate coordinator asked Paz to drop the effort, saying “Sen. Clinton has personally asked that her name not be in contention.” Paz said it was clear that this was not a “wink and nod” – and if Clinton won’t accept the nomination, the effort is doomed. But Paz and his coalition are still considering moving ahead, just to make a statement.
CQ Politics already has a report of delegates at a union caucus being approached to sign. No one did, but there are dark hints about “a lot of [Hillary] people that are still hanging on.” The effort is, as KP notes, doomed because Democratic rules require the written consent of the nominee to be placed on the ballot (see subsection VII(C)(6)(a) of the convention’s procedural rules) but the point now isn’t actually getting her on the ticket so much as simply feeding the media enough evidence of party dysfunction to keep the Chaos meme humming. Qualifying her for VP will go a long way to that end. Exit question: Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the whole thrust of Her Majesty’s argument about seating Florida and Michigan that it’d be undemocratic not to count every vote and let every voice be heard? Why doesn’t that principle apply to the VP roll call too? The RNC should stitch together some of her many, many, many archival soundbites about disenfranchisement and toss a “Hillary for VP!” ad out there. Best case scenario: It gets a few extra PUMAs thinking. Worst case scenario: Even if it’s ineffective, it’s comedy gold.