Forced Ticket?

I can’t believe I missed this Bob Beckel column, speculating on Clinton’s ability to force her way onto the ticket

Just consider for a moment the final phone call with Bill Clinton when the super delegate had to tell him he or she had decided to go with Obama. Clinton,” It’s time to make a decision. Hillary needs you and I need you. We’ve been through a lot together. When you needed me I was there, now we need you”.

Super delegate, “Mr. President, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I’m going with Obama because (whatever). Ask me for anything else Mr. President, but I’ve got to do this”. Clinton, “I’m very disappointed and personally hurt, but do what you think you have to do. So long.”

Now imagine its June 4th and Clinton calls again. Clinton, “I know Obama has enough votes to win, but I wanted you to know Hillary has decided to run for vice president at the convention. You know there are two roll call votes at the convention: first president then for vice president. I know you are voting for Obama for president. Fine, but I want your commitment to vote for Hillary for vice president.”

You imagine being on the floor in Denver. Hillary’s delegates, NEARLY HALF THE DELEGATES, are demanding she be on the ticket. These are true believers who have stuck with Clinton through thick and thin. To them, putting Hillary on the ticket is a crusade.

The problem with this is that it just assumes those superdelegates would go along with a plan to, essentially, go against modern political tradition and cut the nominee down at the knees from the outset. That strikes me as highly unlikely (imagine the media narratives arising from the VP getting on the ticket with the nominee’s objection), and such a move would probably only serve to damage her (and Bill’s) standing in the party further.

It’s an interesting premise, and it’s nice of Beckel to remind us further of the technicalities in the rules, but it’s also not particularly well thought out.