May 31, 2008

Florida And Michigan Democratic Delegate Deals
— DrewM

ICKES: CLINTON RESERVES RIGHT TO TAKE MICHIGAN DELEGATE PLAN TO CONVENTION IN DENVER.

The Democrats have apparently cut some deals on these two delegations.

The deal reached, NBC NEWS has learned, is a 69-59 split with half votes in Michigan. Obama will be guaranteed the two add-on superdelegates. NBC NEWS has not confirmed if the superdelegates will get half or full votes.

Florida will be split by the primary vote and votes will count for half.

This doesn’t give Clinton anything near enough delegates to matter. The real question is if they only give Michigan half votes, will she or Sen. Levin take the fight to the credentials committee in Denver? Or will enough superdelegates announce for Obama to make it moot?

Either way, it just shows that the Democrats can’t even keep their own party in order, yet they think they can run the government.

Amusing note...after a motion to seat the full Florida delegation failed a bunch in the crowd, presumably Clinton supporters, started changing "Denver! Denver! Denver! and booed the mention of Obama's name.

Awesome!

Update: The Florida plan for a full delegation with half votes passed unanimously and that will be the media storyline. The reality is the full delegation with full votes failed 12 in favor and 15 opposed. Don't buy the united party spin.

Update Part II: Ickes is going off on the Michigan plan. He says they are 'hijacking' four Clinton delegates and that it is an anti-democratic decision and that they are 'overturning' the election and will of the Democrats of Michigan.

More Ickes, taking 4 delegates from Clinton is no way to start down the road to party unity.

I think they are going to take it to Denver. Please let them do it.

DENVER! DENVER! DENVER!

My guess is the shouting at the meeting actually helps Obama. I think a lot of supers will want to avoid an even bigger spectacle at the national convention. To make sure that doesn't happen, they'll push him over the top ASAP.

Posted by: DrewM at 01:40 PM | Comments (78)
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1 Oh Good Lord!

I cannot possibly eat any more popcorn.

Anyone got ideas for an alternate choice?


Posted by: Aye Chihuahua at May 31, 2008 01:43 PM (5rSYM)

2 Denver Denver Denver!  68 ain't gonna have nothing on this convention.

Posted by: BTM at May 31, 2008 01:51 PM (v0dke)

3 heres my popcorn substitute: Brrraaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnssssss...........

Posted by: akornzombie at May 31, 2008 01:54 PM (8m3LS)

4 #1, try some Doritos.

Posted by: Project for the New American Century at May 31, 2008 01:56 PM (CrO2/)

5 They didn't want backroom deals at the convention...so they made them before. If I lived in FL or Mich, and was a dem...I'd go to Denver any way. They'd hear from Mo!
I think somebody should have started the chant, "Nobody puts baby in a corner!"

Posted by: sweet dancing moses at May 31, 2008 01:57 PM (gcFx3)

6 They are such an embarrassment. The whole meeting sounds like a Rev Wright revival.

Posted by: republicangirl at May 31, 2008 01:58 PM (d20qX)

7 Stay in it, Hillary! 

Denver is his Waterloo!






Posted by: eman at May 31, 2008 01:58 PM (WWkFI)

8

If Maverick is smart (okay, hanging curve ball--TAKE A PITCH FOR ONCE), he'll let Michigan stew for as long as possible and then pick Romney for #2.

Game.  Set.  Match.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at May 31, 2008 02:00 PM (V7AOU)

9 This is a good day for Schadenfreude.

Posted by: someone at May 31, 2008 02:02 PM (2z2WN)

10 Does anyone have any idea what this all does to the total number of delegates needed to get a majority?

Posted by: BTM at May 31, 2008 02:02 PM (v0dke)

11 If I was a voter in either of those states, I would be angry. What right do they have to discount my vote or prorate it or whatever they call it because the national and state party leaders got into a pissing match? It's not like the voters had any say in when the primary was held but they are the ones punished? Screw the donks.

Posted by: GRC at May 31, 2008 02:02 PM (WZTMv)

12 Anyone got ideas for an alternate choice?

Wasabi peas.

Posted by: Laura at May 31, 2008 02:04 PM (8qMVk)

13 BTM, it increases by half the amount of delegates added. Flip on CNN and you'll see they've already updated the numbers to account for Florida. I'm sure that after the Michigan vote (any minute now after Mrs. Smith finishes bloviating) the numbers will be updated to include Michigan's delegates.

Posted by: Gabriel at May 31, 2008 02:05 PM (1Ug6U)

14

This is nothing but a back room deal among DNC elites. The voters in Florida and Michigan  are still getting a royal screwing.

 

 

 

Posted by: Saul Goode at May 31, 2008 02:08 PM (0XpI7)

15 CNN still has the number needed to win at 2026, that number should go up by a hundred or so delegates no?

Posted by: BTM at May 31, 2008 02:10 PM (v0dke)

16  It's at 2,118 now to win. Obama has 2050. Clinton has 1,877.

Posted by: Gabriel at May 31, 2008 02:11 PM (1Ug6U)

17 Okay, they must not have updated their webpage then, the 2118 number seems right.

Posted by: BTM at May 31, 2008 02:13 PM (v0dke)

18 Puerto Rico is tomorrow.

Montana and South Dakota are last.

Posted by: Gabriel at May 31, 2008 02:13 PM (1Ug6U)

19 DENVER! DENVER! DENVER!

Please God please, I know the season is over but please let let there be a convention special of South Park where the boys go to Denver for the convention. Please!

Posted by: Rocks at May 31, 2008 02:15 PM (7rbe9)

20 For the first time in my adult life I'm proud to be a hobo.

Posted by: alycan at May 31, 2008 02:18 PM (Il2Ep)

21 Thank God the Democrats have a third candidate. Only MAVERICK can unite the party and take them to victory!

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at May 31, 2008 02:20 PM (yKHMC)

22 The Democrats actually found a way to piss off Florida Democrats about counting votes.

That is not a skill, it is a gift.

Posted by: eman at May 31, 2008 02:22 PM (WWkFI)

23 What a good, no, great day!

Posted by: Schadenfreude at May 31, 2008 02:25 PM (Uy68a)

24 What's with this 1/2 vote shit?  That sounds suspiciously like "disenfranchisement".

Posted by: Purple Avenger at May 31, 2008 02:27 PM (c55NW)

25 Just imagine that the situation was reversed and they took delegates from the black candidate and gave them to the white candidate.  Al Sharpton would be leading riots in the streets.  The fact that the people who were themselves disenfranchised by slavery, Jim Crowism etc. are now disenfranchising another group simply because they now have a black candidate is kind of sickening.

Posted by: BTM at May 31, 2008 02:30 PM (v0dke)

26 I can understand the dems being upset with FL, I think some dems feel its FL's fault that Bush is President, but what did Michigan do?
Like someone said eariler...a royal screwing. If they are willing to do this to their own, think about what they'll do to rest of the country. How do you say, "Yes Mr. President" in Arabic? I want to get a head start.

Posted by: sweet dancing moses at May 31, 2008 02:31 PM (gcFx3)

27 It's like a physics lab at the DNC, smokey room. You know the answer in advance. The problem is working backwards to manipulate the numbers so that you can fill in the appropriate blanks and prove your work. Someone's going to get shortchanged (and I'm not just talking the voters), so creating a "rational" process to reach justify the desired and preconceived goal is the purpose of this charade.

I hope Team Hillary removes the odd decimal or two and cuts an ocassional wire... just to be sure.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at May 31, 2008 02:35 PM (Uy68a)

28 I think this sends a clear message to Democratic Party voters: your vote means nothing to the party. Then again, they are the part of labor unions, so I guess that isn't much of a surprise when you think about it.

What's with this 1/2 vote shit? That sounds suspiciously like "disenfranchisement".

It reminds me a lot more of a previous Democratic Party solution to a sticky problem involving 3/5ths....

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 31, 2008 02:36 PM (7QZfU)

29 "What's with this 1/2 vote shit?".... They could have made it 3/5 a vote. (Stolen from Rush, but too good not to repeat.)

Posted by: Lee at May 31, 2008 02:36 PM (+kJAy)

30 Damn, CT just beat me.

Posted by: Lee at May 31, 2008 02:37 PM (+kJAy)

31 What's with this 1/2 vote shit?  That sounds suspiciously like "disenfranchisement".

I agree, you would think that the Democrats would at least give them 3/5ths of a vote.


Posted by: Rocks at May 31, 2008 02:40 PM (7rbe9)

32 Half a vote?
So, does this mean that Floridians and Michiganders are officially the "little people" of the Democrat(sic) party?

Posted by: Barker at May 31, 2008 02:40 PM (U9ynv)

33 HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH HUH

Posted by: Jabba du Hut at May 31, 2008 02:44 PM (WWkFI)

34 Shouldn't it be the Flordia and Michigan superdelegates getting the half votes instead of the delegates elected by the innocent citizenry?  Why punish the 3rd party when the perps can be punished? 

Posted by: Sweetie at May 31, 2008 03:03 PM (Y+3hV)

35 Near the end, one of Clinton's supporters on the committee said that at least they were more unified now than they were when they began that day.  To this, someone in their audience yelled out, "A pig in lipstick!"

Can you imagine the field day the msm would have reporting on that if that were Republicans?  And these are the people who call conservatives "mean-spirited" and "hateful."  The older I get, the more I realize liberalism should simply be called "self-projectionism."

Posted by: DCox at May 31, 2008 03:11 PM (2pT9a)

36 What's with this 1/2 vote shit?

They count all the pregnant chads.

Posted by: lmg at May 31, 2008 03:11 PM (hEMOH)

37 So they decided to go with both "selected not elected" and to let the cheaters votes somewhat count?

Posted by: AndrewsDad at May 31, 2008 03:13 PM (ZqWZU)

38

Spicy pork rinds and PBR!

Posted by: Stymie the bus driver at May 31, 2008 03:19 PM (gjLdu)

39 I watched it on CNN while eating dinner. There was a lot of hate going on. Loads of it. It was a really ugly scene. It was great for the digestion.

Posted by: Tinian at May 31, 2008 03:23 PM (1Mq7K)

40 In Chicago, where I live, the will of the people has been a joke for nearly a century: if the vote goes against the Democrats, they steal the election, pure and

That's where Barry comes from. Clearly, he feels that a mere detail like the number of ballots cast is no reason to deny his genius its right place in the halls of power.

But what does a Typical White Person® like myself know?

Posted by: Brown Line at May 31, 2008 03:28 PM (WXQ4x)

41 Used to be, slaves were counted as, what, 3/5 of a person? Now, if you want to vote for a white women, you're counted as half a person, no matter what color you are. That, my friends, is progress.

Posted by: Americano at May 31, 2008 03:41 PM (MHmUX)

42 And Hilary's promising her Superdelegates 40 acres and a mule.

Though I don't know how they're going to split Helen Thomas that many ways.

Posted by: Eric J at May 31, 2008 03:47 PM (Sg4VS)

43

Operation Chaos! Operation Chaos!

BTW, does anyone have any news from Puerto Rico yet?

(PS Pixy, what happened to my hash?)

Posted by: Hank Rearden at May 31, 2008 03:55 PM (MNtTt)

44 Is it just me or does Ickes sound like a monster in a children's story?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 31, 2008 04:00 PM (7QZfU)

45 Hmmmm.

Keep in mind that the delegates in Denver do *NOT* have to vote for the candidate that their voters voted for.  I.e. an Obama delegate can choose to vote for Hillary at the convention.

With all the press about Obama's crazy-ass friends this is possible.

If Hillary stays in the race to Denver then it's possible that defectors will vote for her and she'll actually win.

What a crazy election year.

Posted by: memomachine at May 31, 2008 04:02 PM (XlmYx)

46 I can understand the dems being upset with FL, I think some dems feel its FL's fault that Bush is President, but what did Michigan do?  Like someone said eariler...a royal screwing.

The politicians in Michigan knew exactly what they were getting into. The governor (didn't vote for her) and her cadre of Washington minions (didn't vote for them either) decided to move up the primary without any input from their constituents- to make Michigan more "relevant." The only thing they did accomplish was rigging the election for Hillary.

Several Democrats I know voted for Romney in the primary, as per the morons at Kos. Personally, I hope they go bat sh*t crazy in Denver, then come back and vote for McCain.

Posted by: shibumi at May 31, 2008 04:08 PM (tZB/c)

47 I want the Molotov cocktail concession stand in Denver. 

Posted by: Purple Avenger at May 31, 2008 05:07 PM (c55NW)

48 I want the Molotov cocktail concession stand in Denver. 
Posted by: Purple Avenger

I'll take the fire extinguisher stand.

Posted by: eman at May 31, 2008 05:18 PM (WWkFI)

49 Popcorn stand -- for Republicans

Posted by: someone at May 31, 2008 05:22 PM (2z2WN)

50 eman, you'll go broke.

Posted by: Al at May 31, 2008 05:56 PM (Lk931)

51 eman, you'll go broke. Posted by: Al

Well, I figure when a Molotov hits the Clinton section, they'll need an extinguisher.  Same deal when a Molotov hits Obama's turf.

Posted by: eman at May 31, 2008 06:30 PM (WWkFI)

52 Wow...if Florida's delegates' votes count only half, that means that Florida's citizens each effectively count as 1/2 a person in terms of representation.

At least the founders counted slaves as 3/5...

Posted by: Jeremiadbullfron at May 31, 2008 06:42 PM (TiNT3)

53 It looks like Chavez, Castro, the monkey from Iran, the dwarf from Korea,  and code pink are running the democrat party. This has to be the most screwed up mess in the history of the United States. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of retards.

Posted by: Scrapiron at May 31, 2008 07:19 PM (XWJh5)

54 I thought they were counting all of a vote, but just from every second voter?

Posted by: andycanuck at May 31, 2008 09:53 PM (AS2IX)

55

Let's be fair to the Democrats. As Howard Dean screamed, Michigan and Florida broke the rules, and they shouldn't be rewarded for breaking the rules.

Of course, if the Democrats were logical and consistent (Pause for laughter), that would mean they'd have to change their position on illegal immigration.

Posted by: Ted K. at June 01, 2008 01:47 AM (d/Awn)

56

Unity via half-sizing the American vote.

Thanks for clearing up the change, Berry.

The DNC will make Lilliputians of Americans.

Surgically excise the opposition. The Berry diet.

Posted by: maverick muse at June 01, 2008 02:36 AM (1cbR0)

57

As Howard Dean screamed, Michigan and Florida broke the rules, and they shouldn't be rewarded for breaking the rules. Of course, if the Democrats were logical and consistent (Pause for laughter), that would mean they'd have to change their position on illegal immigration.--Ted K.

Touché!

Posted by: maverick muse at June 01, 2008 02:39 AM (1cbR0)

58 Hey, did you guys know that slaves only counted for 3/5 of a person  back in the day?  It would be great if someone could make a joke using that as the punchline.

Posted by: Sean at June 01, 2008 05:01 AM (a7Ol6)

59 I was thinking ....stop me if you heard this one....if 1/2 the votes were cou...what?...someone already...no.....damn..ok 3 guys walk into a bar..

Posted by: JavaJoe at June 01, 2008 05:09 AM (Am6n/)

60 Look out or the Ickes will get you!

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 01, 2008 05:48 AM (7QZfU)

61 Wow...if Florida's delegates' votes count only half, that means that Florida's citizens each effectively count as 1/2 a person in terms of representation.

A lot of them only have half a brain, so that's OK.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at June 01, 2008 05:55 AM (c55NW)

62 "ok 3 guys walk into a bar..."

A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar, and the bartender says, "what is this, some kind of joke?"

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