A Show of Unity behind Barack Obama?

Does anyone have an over/under for the duration of any riots in Denver next week? That political party, the Dem one, is not united and excited.

The Miami Herald ran a story today by Beth Reinhard: Clinton stumps for Obama in South Florida. It deals with Hillary talking to 1,000 senior voters who in a town north of Miami who, it is reported, hate President Bush more than they fear Obama.

They run opening of the story on McClatchy’s web site, with a link to the Herald for the rest: Clinton preaches to her faithful in Florida, and mentions Obama.

The first headline gives the impression that her speech was an attempt to sell Obama’s candidacy to her aging loyalists. The McClatchy headline makes it appear the story deals with Hillary rallying her supporters, mentioning Obama as an afterthought.

So which is it?

Hillary did say this about Obama:

”We started on two separate paths, but we are on one journey now,” Clinton told the audience. “And that journey, if we do our part, if we lend our hearts and heads to the campaign that lies before us, that journey will lead us back to the White House.”

An Obama mention! Yet the story, quietly violent, continues:

Clinton spent much more time talking about issues dear to Democrats than she did talking about Obama, though she commended his “passion and determination, his grace and his grit.”

Hillary complimented Barry on his “passion and determination, his grace and his grit.” Statements like this should be followed with something like this:

“And he gave me a good fight right up to the end. It was a strenuous and enlightening campaign the whole way through, and I valued sharing that stage with Barack Obama. And that is why I have asked my friend, Barack Obama, to join me on the Democratic ticket as my Vice Presidential nominee! Barack, my friend, as accepted, and we are going to fight together through November and beyond!”

That’s not the way it worked out, though, and it seems to me that Hillary has not fully accepted this fact. She carries at least some feelings of entitlement, which is understandable when we remember that 18-million Dems voted for her in their nominating process. The French wire refers to her “near 18 million-strong band of primary voters.” They see her speech in Denver as her “vindication,” but how? It will vindicate her in no way.

If her speech today in Florida is any indication, she doesn’t feel like discussing Barry in the resplendent terms fitting for the party’s nominee; rather, she wants to talk about her campaign, her cause, her mission. It is not finished for her, nor is it for her supporters. (Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will vote for Hillary on the first ballot in Denver.)

Her husband Bill, the former President (impeached), will also speak in Denver. It will be interesting to determine if he talks about his wife more now that she has lost the nomination than he did while she was seeking it.

No Democrat wants to fully discuss Obama’s record, preferring instead to tell us that it is a new generation of Hopechangehope and how can we possibly believe he has said and done the things he’s done and said?

We are told that the Dem Party is united behind and exited about Barack Obama. No, the party is a mess. We have gaywired.com telling us that Hillary’s supporters are “elated” over the upcoming roll call vote. Capitol Hill Blue quotes Dem superdelegate Myron Lowery of Memphis about a “massive e-mail and Internet campaign [that] is under way aimed at derailing the nomination of Barack Obama and making Hillary Clinton the party’s standard bearer”:

“I think it’s divisive for the ‘Support Hillary’ campaign to continue at this time. She made the decision to fully support Mr. Obama,” said Lowery, who initially supported Clinton but later switched his allegiance to Obama. “I don’t know why they’re not taking their cue from Hillary and falling in line.”

Lowery said he does not believe Clinton herself is behind the effort, but that it’s “her supporters, acting on their own because they’re proud of what they have done for her.”

Her speech in Florida today shows that Hillary’s not discouraging them. So far, the violence has been muted. I expect the physical violence to be minimal, but the words might take out the modest sensibilities of some.