Democrats expect 2008 to be their year. Some believe it could be a really big year for the party. Tonight, the party confronts an internal squabble that threatens such a rosy outlook.
New York Senator Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention tonight. She is said to be learning toward releasing her delegates tomorrow afternoon, clearing the way for a solid vote to nominate Illinois Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president.
Missouri, once again, reflects the national trend. Obama edged Clinton in the February presidential primary. The assigned delegates split evenly, 36-36. Missouri has 16 so-called Super Delegates, many of whom have come out in favor of Obama. State Democratic Party Chairman John Temporiti stayed neutral throughout to ensure a fair process, which he believes even those passionately behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign understood. Temporiti fielded calls by Obama, Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton leading up to the Missouri primary.
Temporiti says it might take time for Clinton supporters to put the hard fought primary race behind them, but he expects both the state and national parties to return home from the convention unified.
The whip for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Missouri is Peggy Cochran of Lake of the Ozarks who tells Missouri delegates while the two candidates present different personalities, they share the same stance on issues. Cochran met with other Clinton supporters Monday afternoon. Cochran says Democrats cannot afford to not be unified after this convention.