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"Hillary Watch" in Denver

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This afternoon, just outside Denver's Pepsi Center a group of Hillary Clinton hard-cases gathered, sporting posters with supportive slogans painted in red drippy letters that would have looked more appropriate outside a Halloween haunted house. Though most delegates have followed Clinton's directions, and now support Barack Obama, not all of them have given up on the Senator from New York.

One moustachioed man moved from TV camera to TV camera explaining why Obama's choice of Senator Joe Biden as a running mate was a slap in the face to the Democratic Party and proof positive that the Illinois Senator doesn’t really believe in "party unity."

The rationale being offered seems to have more to do with continuity than unity, however. According to the man working the news crews, Biden will be too old to run for office in 2016, a fact he interprets as Obama's failure to put the party ahead of his own ambitions.

The number of Hillary diehards is shrinking, but this is exactly the sort of conflict cable news -- particularly the Republican partisan Fox network -- thrives on. So if someone appears on your television talking about Obama's most recent "betrayal" of the Democratic Party, don't be surprised. And don't be fooled.

Chris Davis

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