Today, the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) voted to seat all of Michigan’s and Florida’s delegates, allowing each to get a half vote (unlike the Republican way where they combined 2 votes into one, making the other an alternate) – similar to Guam, Puerto Rico, etc…
This will up the magic number from 2,025 to 2,118, and here’s what that will do in…
- Clinton 52.5 delegates
- Obama 33.5 delegates
- Edwards 6.5 delegages
- Clinton 34.5 delegates
- Obama 29.5 delegates
Here are some quotes from the meeting:
“I am stumped that we have the gall and chutzpah to substitute our judgment for 600,000 voters. Mrs. Clinton has instructed me to reserve her rights to take this to the Credentials Committee (they will meet in July to send a final report on delegations for a vote on the convention floor),” Harold Ickes (Clinton), RBC member. The crowd responded with, “Denver! Denver! Denver!” … Ickes: ” [the deal] is not a good way to start down the path of party unity.”
Ickes and Tina Flournoy, another Clinton supporter in the RCB issued a statement saying, “We reserve the right to challenge this decision before the Credentials Committee and appeal for a fair allocation of Michigan’s delegates that actually reflect the votes as they were cast.”
“[Clinton] reserved the right [to do that, but she “will want to confer with her supporters in Michigan and others across the country” before making a final decision,” Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s Communications Director.
Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe said, “We’re extremely gratified that the commission agreed on a fair solution that will allow Michigan and Florida to participate in the convention. We appreciate their efforts, and those of the party leadership of both states, to bring this resolution about.”
DNC Chairman Howard Dean (D-VT) said that the decision “was not made easily or lightly. … But after listening to oral arguments made by the complainants, state parties and both presidential campaigns, we believe this to be the most fair and equitable solution allowed within the rules. The committee arrived at its decision with three basic principles in mind. One, that we must be fair to the voters in both states. Two, that we must be fair to both campaigns who abided [sic] by the rules in good faith and three, that we must be fair to the 48 states that followed the rules.”
Obama, while campaigning in South Dakota, told reporters, “Our main goal is to get this resolved so we can immediately turn the focus of the entire party on winning Florida and Michigan. I recognize that there were compromises on all sides in resolving this issue.”
Former Michigan Governor and Clinton supporter, James Blanchard told reporters, “If you turn your back on the voters of Michigan or Florida, you are flirting with a McCain victory.” That I ABSOLUTELY agree with. Although, I think this deal is WAY too little WAY too late, plus, the fact that Clinton supporters are already talking about possible appeals shows that this is only a deal to make voters happy, but if Clinton can squeeze out an (illegal) win, she’ll go for it.
Meanwhile, Florida Senator Bill Nelson told reporters, “These voters violated no rule, they committed no crime, they did not move the primary forward. The Republican legislature did.” Well, that may be true in Florida, but it was the Democrat’s fault up here in Michigan. Ironically, it was mainly the fault of Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer, a John Edwards backer, in hopes of helping his candidate. And where is Edwards now? Out of the picture. Looks like Brewer’s plan backfired and has torn Michigan’s Democrats apart. (YAY!!!!)
So, I’ll keep you updated if anything else happens with this.