The Clinton Effect And The Obama-Biden Ticket

Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton are expected to make their voices known at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week. Pplitical blogger Faye Anderson has been following the split between Barack Obama supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

Weekend Edition's political blogger Faye Anderson is on the line. She's been following the split between Barack Obama supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters as they make their way to the Democratic convention in Denver. Hi, Faye.

FAYE ANDERSON: Hi, Liane. How are you doing?

HANSEN: I'm well, thank you. How serious is the fracture in the Democratic Party over the Hillary issue?

ANDERSON: Well, it's pretty serious. Hillary supporters are, were, and remain as passionate about her historic run as Barack Obama's, and they really feel that she's been given short shrift by both the media and the Democratic Party. So some of them are going to Denver loaded for bear.

HANSEN: You know, this week saw the death of Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones who represented Ohio's 11th District. And she was an ardent Hillary supporter. Do you think that maybe some of the superdelegates might actually cast their vote for Hillary Clinton as a tribute to her?

ANDERSON: I think so. Actually, on Tuesday, WomenCount is holding - it was billed as - Hillary Clinton and Stephanie Tubbs Jones were the headliners for this event on Tuesday, which now will be a tribute to Stephanie Tubbs Jones. But Liane, I think it can go either way. The - Wednesday's roll call vote could be a relief, a cathartic relief, or it could be chaotic.

HANSEN: Do you think - I mean, is there a potential for embarrassment to Senator Obama at the convention?

ANDERSON: Well, absolutely. Hillary has nearly 1,900 delegates. You know, it only takes a handful to create a scene on the floor. You know the feminist slogan that "Well-behaved women rarely make history." Well, they feel that to their core. And there's not a lot of incentive for some of them to be well-behaved, especially if reports are true that Hillary was never even considered as a vice presidential pick. To them, that would be just more of the same undercounting of the historic nature of her candidacy.

HANSEN: Faye Anderson writes the blog Anderson@Large. She's off to Denver to cover the Democratic National Convention. Thanks, Faye.

ANDERSON: Thank you.

HANSEN: Faye has also got a posting on our Web site. Go to npr.org/soapbox.

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