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Democratic Convention Alert: Clinton to be Put in Nomination

In theory, by having her name placed in nomination, Clinton <i>could</i> actually become the Democratic presidential nominee. But she won't.
 
 
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Hillary Clinton's recent talk about "catharsis" was in large part about having her name being placed in nomination during the Democratic National Convention. It's largely a symbolic move, but it appears that's precisely what's going to happen.

The decision was reached this week, according to Democratic officials, and will be announced later today. It comes after long negotiations on both sides, with many backers of Mrs. Clinton vigorously pushing for her candidacy to be validated by giving her delegates the chance to support her through a roll call vote.

For Democrats inside the convention center in Denver, as well as the television audience at home, it could create some interesting moments. After the state-by-state roll is tallied, Mrs. Clinton is expected to turn over her cache of delegates to Senator Barack Obama.

So how will Mrs. Clinton, who is a superdelegate herself, vote? Associates say she will throw her lot behind Mr. Obama and ask her supporters to follow suit. To see if it unfolds as the Obama campaign hopes -- free of acrimony -- tune in on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

According to the various reports, this wasn't exactly the result of a "negotiation," per se, but was simply the move both camps saw as the right way to go. A Democratic Party operative familiar with convention plans told CNN that the Obama campaign hopes the move will bring " peace in the kingdom."

Steve Benen is a freelance writer/researcher and creator of The Carpetbagger Report. In addition, he is the lead editor of Salon.com's Blog Report, and has been a contributor to Talking Points Memo, Washington Monthly, Crooks & Liars, The American Prospect, and the Guardian.

 
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