This is a crucially important point! I provide a snippet below, but make sure to visit Heidi Li’s Potpourri to read the rest by clicking HERE
“I hope those who already understand what I write here will bear with me as I try to clarify for others who are trying to learn so much so quickly about the ways and wiles of the DNC, its rules, its use of its rules, and most significantly the difference between having a roll call vote with Senator Clinton on the ballot and having Senator Clinton in nomination for the candidacy before that roll call happens.
Let’s start with an analogy. Baseball games often begin with some person designated to throw out the first pitch – indeed, George W. Bush did this for the first game of the Washington Nationals’ first season in their new stadium. But throwing that “first pitch” did not make Bush a true pitcher, it added him to no team roster. That is is because the entire episode iwas completely symbolic, a ritual that had no consequences for the outcome of the particular game itself.
Similarly a person’s name can be put on a roll call ballot at the Convention for purely symbolic reasons. Indeed from the time of the adoption of the McGovern Commission’s proposed rules for electing a Democratic presidential nominee until this year, all such roll call ballots including candidates other than the eventual nominee were only symbolic.”
So, even though Dean is acting like “Is Hillary Going To Be On The Ballot?” is a ridiculous question… the right one is not being asked!