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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Happy DNC Delegate Decision Day

Well, it sounds like it's going very well. Hillary has clearly decided to be the bigger woman and allow a compromise on the delegates from Florida and Michigan. "After all," she surmised, "they weren't really fair elections since my opponent didn't campaign in either state and he didn't even have his name on the ballot in one." She went on to state that all her talk about Zimbabwe and the similarities between their violent blood bath and the DNC decision not to seat the delegates (not to mention the similarities between the decision and slavery, the civil rights movement, the fight for women to vote, the Civil War, World War II, World War I, Korea, Vietnam, the War of 1812, the Spanish American War, and that fight she and Bill had after it came out about Monica) was really just hyperbole and she had decided to favor the democratic process and the rules by which she had agreed to abide. Oh, and she added, "Yeah, right! I'm fighting this thing to the convention!"

From CNN:

Bleary-eyed Democrats failed to reach consensus early Saturday on how
to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations, setting up a potentially explosive
hearing later in the morning.


Members of the Democratic National Committee's rules and bylaws panel
convened for more than five hours behind closed doors Friday evening. The
meeting ended at 1:30 a.m. ET Saturday -- eight hours before the committee is
scheduled to hold a public hearing on the matter.


"It was a full discussion," said Harold Ickes, a DNC rules committee
member from the District of Columbia who supports Clinton. "I think there was
some agreement on some issues and still some disagreements on
others."


Well, that sounds about like where they started. Here's hoping smart people prevail.

Update:

The meeting is underway and Howard Dean is pissed at the media. (Yeah, they're the ones causing the problems). From CNN:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean had tough words for
the media on Saturday, saying that the presidential race had been plagued by
"blatantly sexist comments, particularly by some members of the media — and
blatantly racist remarks."
"The media will…look for conflict," he told members of the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee gathered to resolve the impasse over seating the Florida and Michigan delegations. "They will not talk about your energy and your passion for your candidate, and your enthusiasm."

Oh, Howard. If you had control of this party to begin with it never would've degenerated into a sexist, racist free-for-all.

Update 2:

Video of Ickes threatening to take this fight all the way to the Credentials Committee.



Update 3:

Video highlights from today's meeting here.

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