Democrats have just nominated Barack Obama as the party’s nominee for president of the United States.
It may have been confusing to those watching to see California pass when its turn came to voice the results of its 440 delegate vote during the roll call. (I don’t have the California results yet, but I’m working on it.)
The roll call is one of the enduring traditions of political conventions, a time when every state has a few minutes in the spotlight.
But it’s all part of the plan. Nothing in a modern convention happens by accident, or so it seems.
California, Illinois and other big states passed in order to avoid tipping Obama over the requisite number of 2,025 votes until New York Sen. Hillary Clinton could stand up before the roaring crowd. In a deal apparently finalized today, Clinton moved that the party suspend the roll call and nominate Obama by acclamation.
Here’s a short clip of California’s response to the roll call.