The problem is that the presidential primary contest isn’t over yet.
While Bernie Sanders faces incredibly long odds, his supporters are still fervently making their case for him and this has Democratic leaders like Ed Rendell a little concerned. Rendell is a former Philly Mayor, PA Governor, DNC Chair and a long-time Clinton supporter so his view is particularly important as it comes to how the “establishment” plans to handle the DNC Convention.
In a radio interview this week, Rendell signaled that the party plans to let Sanders’ supporters have their moment but also stated that they should behave themselves.
“I think it’s gonna be a great convention, but of course the key to it is the Sanders people,” Rendell stated. “Bernie’s gonna have his name placed in nomination; we’re gonna have a roll call; there’s gonna be a demonstration in support of Bernie; he’s gonna lose the roll call. His supporters have to behave and not cause trouble. And I think they will, and I think Sen. Sanders will send them a strong message.”
One point that got lost in this discussion, though, is that there will be a roll call at the convention. In 2008, this issue was a sticking point between the Obama and Clinton teams. Ultimately, Clinton herself suspended the roll call and asked for the nomination to be unanimous.
It remains to be seen whether history will repeat itself in Philadelphia this July.