And it’s important to point out, as we have not so far, Barack Obama was not given this nomination, he won it. He was not offered a nice title like Secretary of State, like Condoleezza Rice got from the Republicans. He was not offered the title of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as Colin Powell was, or Secretary of State. He won the nomination of a Democratic Party voting together. He defeated all other opponents and took the prize and took the leadership. He is the chosen leader of the Democratic Party.I might have problems with Colin Powell's politics or Condoleeza Rice's effectivness, but they earned the position of Secretary of State. If President Bush wanted to make them a showcase appointment, he would make them administrator of some periperhal agency, not put them fourth in line for the Presidency!!!
He is not some popular appointment or a showcase appointment. He is the victor here tonight. That’s why he dictates the agenda. That’s why he says, personally, what the Democratic Party will do if he’s elected President. He is the leader of the party. He may be the leader of the country through a democratic process. It is so vital to understand the history being made here tonight. This is not something cute or wonderful. It is something compelling and powerful. This country has changed its history.
Ed Morrissey also points out that Obama didn't actually win the nomination through the primary process, he was able to get the Democratic Party Establishment behind him, he was "given" the nomination in that sense. Neither he nor Hillary were going to win the nomination through the primaries. So no, Obama didn't win, he was given the nomination.