Wow, this hearing is facinating! Great arguments and great background and inside information that I never heard before. Both Clinton and Obama selected excellent and passionate candidates to argue their cases. Harold Ickes (former Bill Clinton chief of staff 1994-1997) is a piece of work who doesn’t seem to want to compromise on anything — should be a long day for committee members.
Earlier this week DNC lawyers stated that Florida and Michigan must lose at least 50% of their delegates in accordance with DNC laws.
The Rules and Bylaws committe (“RBC”) has as its members, 13 Clinton superdelegates, 8 Obama superdelegates and 9 uncommitted superdelegates.
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DNC Chair Howard Dean spoke. He wants the committe members to:
- Respect the voters of Florida and Michigan – not only those who turned out to vote, but also those who did not
- Respect our two candidates and their campaigns who followed the rules this body set forward over two years ago, and
- Respect the 48 states who did not violate the rules
He also wants the RBC members to realize that, “Understandably, the compromise that you discuss here today will not make anyone completely satisfied.”
RBC committee co-chairpersons are giving background about various conversations they had with Florida going back to August 25, 2007 as to why Florida should not hold their primaries before February 5, 2008 and the consequences that Florida would incur if Florida decided to go against the rules.
Jon Ausman, DNC presents Florida’s case as to why they should get full voting privileges at the DNC convention August 25-28, 2008. “When we leave the room, I want all of us wearing our blue jerseys, so we can take on the Republicans in their red jerseys in November,” Ausman said.
Senator Bill Nelson (FL) presenting. Unite party. Florida delegates must count at DNC convention. Senator Clinton supporter.
Senator Arthenia Joyner (FL) presenting. Give Florida full vote. Unite party. Standing ovation. Senator Clinton supporter.
Congressman Robert Wexler (FL 19 District). Approve 50% delegate allocation. Unite democrats. Raucous response. Senator Obama supporter.
RBC committee co-chairpersons are giving background about various conversations they had with Michigan going back to June 2007 as to why Michigan should not hold their primaries before February 9, 2008 and the consequences that Michigan would incur if Michigan decided to go against the rules. Michigan held their primaries on January 15, 2008.
Mark Brewer DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Member (MI). Requesting reinstating the entire Michigan delegation. Requesting 69 delegates to Clinton/59 delegates to Obama. Says that all available primary date (write in votes/exit polls/primary votes) shows that Clinton received 9% of votes that she SHOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED! Also claims that write in ballots (30,000) were not counted and but shows that MAJORITY OF WRITE-IN WERE FOR OBAMA AND THEREFORE OBAMA SHOULD GET ‘MORE’ DELEGATES!!! Uncommitted superdelegate.
Senator Carl Levin (MI) presenting. Michigan’s democratic party created a ‘Working group of 4’ that negotiated with Clinton and Obama supporters and Michigan is united! They support full seating and full voting rights for the entire Michigan delegation. Supports Mark Brewers 69/59 delegate allocation proposal. Michigan had a flawed primary. DNC Rules and Bylaws committe gave waiver to New Hampshire when they broke the rules and changed their caucus date even after years of privilege. Michigan is tired of being treated unfairly by DNC Rules committe and DNC should offer Michigan a waiver and seat all their delegates with full voting rights at the DNC convention. No state should be first and second every election (Iowa and New Hampshire). “Michigan is unified, don’t misunify us!”. Uncommitted superdelegate.
David Bonior, former House Majority Whip (D-MI). Former John Edwards campaign manager. Michigan delegates should be spilt 64/64. Michigan had flawed primary. Reinstate full voting rights to Michigan delegates. DNC should focus on party unity and common ground. Senator Obama supporter.
Presenter Jim Blanchard, former Governor of Michigan (D). DNC should honor votes. Votes are sacred. Michigan is a pivotal state in November. Michigan delegates should be spilt 73 Clinton/55 Obama. Michigan primary was not flawed. Obama’s strategy was flawed. Iowa and New Hampshire should not have lock on being first states with primaries/caucuses. Donna Brazile gave him a tongue lashing and told him that changing the rules in the middle of the game is cheating. Senator Clinton supporter.
BREAK: 3:00pm – 6:00pm EST