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," Herman, a former Labor Secretary in the Clinton Administration, said to laughter. "Usually we are applauding that our members are involved."
The roll was then called. Jim Roosevelt, the other co-chair of the committee, conducted the roll call after which he joked: "We definitely have a quorum." (All but two of the 30 members were present; one was in Iowa attending the wedding of her daughter.)
DNC Chairman Howard Dean was then tasked to deliver a broad survey of the the presidential race to date between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. "This has been a very long and hard fought race," said. "These two candidates have helped to transform our party."
Dean also touched on the historic nature of the choice before Democrats. "We are going to nominate either the first woman or the first African American to be the nominee of our party," he said. "The person we nominate will become the next president of the United States."
The arguments from the campaigns and the states are expected shortly.
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