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The Fix: May 25, 2008 - May 31, 2008

Rules Committee Delivers Setback to Clinton

The Democratic Party Rules and Bylaws Committee today passed twin motions to allow the previously barred delegations of Michigan and Florida to be seated at this summer's national convention but at half their original size -- a decision that left...

By Eric Pianin  |  May 31, 2008; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Michigan: A Done Deal But Bitterness Lingers

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE -- The Rules and Bylaws Committee approved a motion that would seat Michigan's disputed delegates based on a complicated allocation formula, a vote that left some backers of Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) visibly...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
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Florida: The Deal is Done

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE -- After months of uncertainty, the morass of the Florida Democratic primary has been resolved. The Rules and Bylaws Committee approved a measure unanimously that would seat every delegate -- pledged and superdelegates --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton Dealt a Setback in Florida

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE -- The Rules and Bylaws Committee soundly rejected a proposal to seat the entire Florida delegation, a serious blow to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) call to adopt fully the results of the Sunshine...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama and Clinton Allies Vigorously Debate Seating of Delegates

Advocates for Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton vigorously argued competing positions this morning as the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee sought a compromise to seat disputed convention delegates from Florida and Michigan and take a major step...

By Eric Pianin  |  May 31, 2008; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (374)
 
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They're BAAAACK!

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- After a "lunch" break that went nearly two hours longer than expected, the 28 members of the Rules and Bylaws Committee are making their way back into the room at the Marriott...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Blanchard: Obama Took Himself Out of Contention in Michigan

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) made a voluntary decision to remove his name from the Michigan primary ballot and must now live with the consequences, according to former governor James Blanchard. Blanchard, who...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Bonior: Split Michigan 50-50

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Former Michigan Congressman David Bonior, a surrogate for Sen. Barack Obama's (Ill.) campaign, told the Rules and Bylaws Committee that the only fair way to allocate his home state's delegates is to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Michigan Blames New Hampshire

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) argued that the privileged position of Iowa and New Hampshire at the front of the Democratic nomination fight led to the Wolverine State's problems today. Levin, a longtime...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Michigan Case Begins

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Mark Brewer, the chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, has taken his seat in the eye of the storm to make a pitch for the full recognition of the Wolverine State. Solving...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Wexler: The Rules are the Rules

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Florida Rep. Robert Wexler empathized with the plight of his home state but insisted that the Jan. 29 vote was not a "normal" primary and cannot be treated as one. "Our state...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Joyner Makes the Clinton Florida Case

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Florida State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, speaking on behalf of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), made an emotional appeal to the Rules and Bylaws Committee to seat the Sunshine State's delegates. While Jon...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Nelson Fights for Florida

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has his Irish up. The senior senator from Florida, who has been tasked by the state party with representing its interests, was in the midst of delivering a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Drudge: Bill Clinton Acknowledges 50 Percent Solution

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Give Matt Drudge this: dude's got a sense of timing. Even as Jon Ausman wrapped up his statement on Florida's challenge to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, Drudge flashed a link...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Florida Challenge Begins

The formalities are (finally) over and the official Florida challenge has begun. Jon Ausman, a Florida Democrat, is making Florida's case; he sits at a small table surrounded by the u-shaped formation at which the Rules and Bylaws Committee is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Dean Goes After the Media

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has found a sure-fire way of bridging the gap between supporters of Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.): attack the media. "The media...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Acknowledging the Obvious

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- Committee co-chair Alexis Herman, acknowledged the obvious in opening the most-anticipated gathering of her group in its history. "This is probably the largest rules and bylaws committee meeting we have ever had,"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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DNC Rules Committee Showdown Begins

INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING -- The Fix has a front row seat (literally) for the proceedings of the most anticpated meeting of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws committee in, well, ever. To get here, The...

By Eric Pianin  |  May 31, 2008; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The End Game: A Delicate Dance

After more than a year of campaigning, the Democratic race will end on Tuesday after Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) run the gauntlet of tomorrow's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting, Puerto Rico's primary on Sunday and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 30, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Line: Ranking the McCain vs. Obama Battlegrounds

Zero hour in the Democratic nomination fight is nearing, and with just a few days left until the final primaries on June 3, Barack Obama remains the all-but-certain nominee against John McCain in the fall. Note: Please upgrade your Flash...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 30, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam: Clinton's T-Shirt Competition

With just five days left before votes in South Dakota and Montana end the Democratic nomination fight (or at least the pledged delegates portion of said race), the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is holding a competition...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 29, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain and the Danger of Being Didactic

Over the last 48 hours, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) has delivered what amounts to an extended foreign policy lecture to his almost-certain general election opponent -- Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). McCain has blasted Obama repeatedly over the fact that the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 29, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
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The McClellan Mess: Assessing the Fallout

It's easy amid the maelstrom of coverage surrounding former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan's tell-all (or at least tell-most) memoir to assume that this could be a heavy blow to the Republican brand and the party's hopes of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (234)
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Campaign Jingles -- Readers' Picks

Last week The Fix admitted to an obsession with campaign jingles (among other catchy tunes) and asked Fixistas to offer up their own favorite songs from the campaign trail. Below you'll find a sampling of the best reader suggestions. Keep...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton: The Difference Between Could and Will

Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is edging closer to overtly making the argument that she -- and she alone -- can beat John McCain in the fall election. "There is a difference between someone who could win and someone who will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (396)
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Hillary Clinton and the 'Told You So' Calculation

Facing almost impossible odds in her quest to become the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton has started to cast the presidential race as a historical anomaly in which she is being badly mistreated. In doing so, Clinton and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (694)
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Obama Heads To Michigan Next Week

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) will make a stop in Michigan next Monday, less than 48 hours after an expected ruling by the Democratic National Committee about the fate of the Wolverine State's delegation to the party convention in August. Those...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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DCCC's Van Hollen Assesses the Obama Effect

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of House Democrats' campaign arm, said Tuesday that if Hillary Rodham Clinton comes up short in her bid for the party's presidential nomination, she must do more than just "give lip service" in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 27, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam: The Fate of Michigan and Florida

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Novak Takes a Swipe at Possible Obama VP Pick

The Fix is taking it easy on Memorial Day but couldn't resist a short post on a piece penned today by columnist Robert Novak. Entitled "A Pro-Choicer's Dream Veep", Novak seeks to dismiss the idea that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Olbermann on Clinton and RFK

When The Fix heard late Friday that Keith Olbermann, the host of "Countdown" on MSNBC, was planning a "Special Comment" on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) raising of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in answer to a question about...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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