Washington Turns out Democratic primary loser Hillary Rodham Clinton will get time to shine at the party's national convention after all - and quite a bit of it.
Democrats officially will choose Barack Obama to run against Republican John McCain this fall. But in an emblematic move meant to heal divisive primary wounds, the vanquished Clinton name also will be placed in nomination alongside his during the traditional state-by-state delegation roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
And, she gets her own plum speaking slot.
So does her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
All that high-profile Clinton action, spread over at least half of the convention's four prime-time speaking nights, ensures an enormous presence for the couple who have been national fixtures in the Democratic Party since 1992 - and whose latest White House bid, hers, split the party into for-them or against-them camps.
Among the risks: past leaders of the party overshadowing the present standard-bearer.
To guard against that, Obama's keynote speaker - Mark Warner of Virginia - will deliver his address the same day Clinton does - Aug. 26 - while the ex-president shares the next day - Aug. 27 - with the as-yet-unnamed vice presidential running mate. On the final convention night, Aug. 28, Obama will accept the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination before a much bigger crowd at a separate venue.
When the roll call occurs, Clinton - herself a superdelegate who gets a vote - is expected to release her delegates to Obama, announce her support for him and ask her backers to do the same.
Several local delegates to the Democratic National Convention said the agreement between Obama and Clinton to place Clinton's name in nomination will help heal any bad feelings between Clinton and Obama supporters, and make the party more unified.
"I think it would be the most positive step to bring the party together," Tess Banion, Lawrence, said.
Margie Wakefield, another Clinton supporter, agreed. "It would increase his (Obama's) stature. It would help engender support with some Clinton supporters."
State Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and an early supporter of Obama, thought it was a good idea, too.
"There are a lot of people who worked very hard for Hillary Clinton, and I think they ought to have their day in the sun," he said.