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May 31, 2008

Florida And Michigan Democratic Delegate Deals


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 doesnít 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 canít 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.


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.


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.

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