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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 State's primary.

The motion, which failed on a 15 to 12 vote was introduced by Alice Huffman, a California-based member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee who has endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).

In doing so, Huffman said the proposal would "fully seat the Florida delegation", an announcement that drew huge and sustained applause from the assembled audience. (RBC co-chair Alexis Herman brought an end to that show of support; no fun allowed, apparently.)

"Given that [Florida Democrats] were not willing partners in this whole problem...we should not penalize them for something they did not really cause and could not prevent," concluded Huffman.

David McDonald, an uncommitte committee member, stood in opposition to the motion. "Essentially this motion would ask us to go back and redo a decision that we made when it wasn't complicated by campaign interests," said McDonald.

With Clinton's desire for full recognition of the Florida now off the table, the best the New York Senator's campaign can hope for is a 50 percent inclusion of pledged delegates and a full seating of the state's 23 superdelegates.

Once the motion to seat the full Florida delegation was defeated, the chant of "Denver" was taken up by some within the crowd.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 31, 2008; 6:48 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The democrats can and will unite to defeat Mccain in Nov. However watch for those who's aim is to divide and mark them!!!

Posted by: adayah | June 1, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

I am a independent voter. If the democrats can't unify their party how are they going to lead the nation. Their just a bunch of selfish whiny idiots!

Posted by: gemmie | June 1, 2008 4:30 AM | Report abuse

The fat lady is singing for Hillary

Posted by: Shana | May 31, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

We are going now in reverse. The constitution of the U. S. A. as originally written gave the black people 1/5 vote, hence, no vote at all. We finally amended the constitution under the 14th Amendment giving the black people the same right to vote as the rest of the U.S. citizens - one person-one vote. Now we saw the spectacle of the National Democratic Committee doing a "to-the-rear, march!" by changing the one person-one vote to one person-1/2 vote! Is this the CHANGE that Obama has been preaching America. Shame! Nobody voted for Obama in Michigan, yet he got delegates given by the Committee and taking away from Hillary those who actually voted for her. What a rule! "A rule is a rule," said Congressman Wexler from Florida. What is next? Is it going to be one person-1/3 vote for the brown people and one person-1/4 vote for Asian Americans? The recepients of the 14th Amendment which was reflected by the faces we saw in the Committee, saw their true colors, except for two who stuck to a one person-one vote. The Democratic Party will now become the butt of derision from the Republican Party, as a Party going backward, rather than forward. The irony is that the Democrats have been accusing the Republicans as a Party going backward, yet what the Committee just showed all of us, is hypocrisy! The Committee changed the rule by taking away delegates from Hillary and giving them to Obama. I hope Mr. Ickes will make good his intention to carry the fight to the Credential Committee.

Posted by: Cabby | May 31, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's surrogates cried that she played by the rules by not campaigning in FL or MI, but she did not read further to where the results won't be counted. Hillary has problems with reading. She did not pass the bar exam in D.C. for the first time. She did not read before she voted in the Senate.

Who would have known poor reading could have killed your chance for presidency?

How many more times will she have to read as the president? She is not electable.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Is Hillary Clinton really the one women want to represent them as "The First Female President"?

Posted by: JimBo | May 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Why cant our votes in Florida count like the others? What would be wrong with that?

Posted by: Albert | May 31, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I think that it's time for Senator Clinton to give up. It will be harder for her to convince superdelegates that she can win over Obama. Let's move on and unite the party once for all.

Posted by: Thierno Balde | May 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"Hillary's position is if she can't have the Dem nomination then Obama can't have the presidency. Then after a 4 yr McCain term (read fiasco) there's 2012. Yeha!!!" - The Economist blog by Irish65.

Another possibility is that Hillary will run as an Independent if she cannot get the nomination.

DNC is played in by the Clinton machine, which is oiled by favors. I do this for you and you do this for me. Where do the American people stand? It's none of Hillary's business.

DNC could have avoided this fiasco altogether IF they could have stood their ground firm. Non-Democrats like me are so disgusted by this soap opera. I can't imagine how disgusted Democrats must have felt about this.

We could have spent more energy on debating important issues facing the nation. Instead, we are the laughing stock of the world.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Dems to Florida: Dred Scott!

Posted by: Jermiah | May 31, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Clinton and her supporters only care about her.

Why did she sign the pledge that FL and MI wouldn't count? -- Because she thought the nomination was hers in a walk.

Why did she do a 180 degree turn and want them seated? -- Because it's the only last desperate move she has left.


Posted by: jjchicago | May 31, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, they voted 27-0 to adopt the restoration of Flordia, at half-strength. Now Ickes is crying over 4 delegates (2 votes) at the convention for Michigan. Come on man, that's not gonna do anything.

Posted by: Ken | May 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I guess that classy booing was "fun"? Boy, you're losing it as well.

Posted by: Fun? | May 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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