Elected delegates obviously should vote their commitments, as I believe should “superdelegates” who have already endorsed. Uncommitted at-large and “superdelegates” should vote their consciences using whatever factors seem appropriate. For the sake of unity I call on the convention to pass a resolution such as the following before any roll call vote on a nominee:
WHEREAS Senator Hillary Clinton of New York and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois have each received millions of popular votes in Democratic primaries and caucuses;
WHEREAS both candidates have generated unprecedented passion among the American voters, many of whom are voting for the first time;
WHEREAS either candidate would serve the United States with distinction in the presidency; and
WHEREAS supporters of both candidates working together will be formidable political force this election year;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION that the Vice Presidential nomination be offered to either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama, whomever of those is not nominated for President;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Convention calls upon the Senator so nominated to accept the nomination for Vice President of the United States;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Convention calls on all supporters of the two candidates to campaign vigorously for the Democratic ticket this year; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said Vice Presidential nomination be recorded by unanimous consent immediately upon the conclusion of the roll call for presidential nominee.
I decided early on that a ticket including both Clinton and Obama would be a force to be reckoned with, but was indecisive as to which order. I thought that Clinton-Obama would be better for governing, but Obama-Clinton would be better for campaigning. I ultimately decided that governing was more important. Clinton is the policy wonk and better at details while Obama is better at appealling to the people and bringing us together. In other words, if the US were a constitutional monarchy, Obama would make the better King, Clinton the better Prime Minister.