"This body of 30 individuals has decided they're going to substitute their judgment for 600,000 voters. Now that's what I call democracy...There's been a lot of rhetoric about democracy and on and on and on; I am stunned that we have the gall and chutzpah to substitute our judgment for 600,000 voters."(Harold Ickes, 5/31/2008: RBC Meeting)
After a tense and sometimes raucus morning session of the DNC's Rules & Bylaws Committee, at which state Democratic Party leaders and officials from both the Clinton and Obama campaigns gave logical, legal and impassioned oral arguments to seat Florida and Michigan delegates, committee members broke for a long lunch and returned at approximately 3:15 p.m. (PDT) to vote on motions.
...But Clinton is the strongest Democratic candidate for South Dakota.
Her mastery of complex policy detail is broad and deep, and her experience as a senator and former first lady matches that.
Clinton's energy policy is forward thinking and wise. She advocates a broad federal research initiative to help solve our looming oil crisis. It's a plan that would join university researchers, private industry and individual inventors behind a common goal.
Clinton has demonstrated a real commitment to Native American issues and will have visited several South Dakota reservations before the race is over. Clinton is precisely correct when she says that people outside the region have a poor understanding of the troubling trends on our reservations...
Hate speech and sexism, combined with big doses of race-baiting, seem to permeate Barack Obama's church. We listened to Rev. Jeremiah Wright for weeks while Obama was "thoughtful" about how to handle the fallout from Wright's fiery and hateful sermons.
Hillary Clinton's campaign issued a written letter to RBC Chairs, Alexis Herman and James Roosevelt, outlining its position on seating delegates from Florida and Michigan - FULL SEATING OF DELEGATATIONS:
Harold Ickes is hoping for 15 votes in favor of full seating, but the most likely (though by no means the only) compromise consists of this:
"The major dispute over the Florida and Michigan delegations to the Democratic convention in Denver has now boiled down to Hillary Clinton's demand for full seating with no sanctions, and an alternative proposal ... to seat the delega-tions with either half a vote granted to each delegate, or to cut each delegation in half."
The meeting will be televised by the major cable news networks (CNN, MSNBC). As well and much more incisive, C-SPAN will carry the proceedings and will interview several principles involved in the dispute and resolution:
09:30 AM - 3:00 PM ET, LIVE — On C-Span (1) — Watch on TV or online:
Democratic Rules & Bylaws Committee Meeting || Democratic National Committee, Rules and Bylaws Committee - James Roosevelt Jr., Democratic National Committee || Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee
There will also be viewer call-ins to Washington Journal prior to coverage:
07:00-09:30 AM ET:
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Washington Journal Summary Saturday, May 31, 2008
7:00-7:15: Question/Newspaper Articles/Phones
Topic: An update on the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting that is being held in Washington this weekend. The committee is working on a plan to seat delegates from Michigan and Florida to the Democratic National convention this August. Both states were penalized earlier this year for holding their primaries before DNC rules allowed. Michigan has 157 delegates to the convention, including 128 pledged delegates and 29 superdelegates. Florida has 211 delegates, 185 pledged and 26 superdelegates.
7:15-7:30: On the Phone (photo ID avail) Phoner REP. ROBERT WEXLER w/calls D-Florida, 19th District Obama for President Florida Co-Chair
7:30-8:00:GORDON TROWBRIDGE (TROH-bridge) Detroit News Washington Reporter www.detnews.com
8:00-8:30:REP. CORRINE BROWN D-Florida, 3rd District - Clinton for President Supporter
Members of the Rules and Bylaws Committee will meet in Washington to hear oral arguments from representatives of the two states over how to resolve seating delegates in Denver and popular vote count totals. After the oral argument phase, members will vote on the proposals.
At the town hall in Pablo, Hillary will reaffirm her support for tribal sovereignty and her respect for the government to government relationship between the tribes of Montana and the federal government. Hillary said she will partner with the Montana Tribes to expand economic opportunity and improve health care, education and housing on all seven Montana Reservations.
There are 56,068 American Indians in Montana and they make up 6.2 percent of the state's population. Sixty-five percent of American Indians in Montana live on one of the seven reservations in Montana. As President, Hillary is committed to providing health care to all American Indians and providing better housing for the seven tribes in Montana, which include the Blackfeet Nation, the Chippewa Cree Tribe, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the Crow Nation, the Fort Belknap Indian Community, the Fort Peck Tribe, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
In Billings, a huge and raucus crowd waited from early morning until a planned 8 p.m. event to hear and see Clinton after she arrived from her tribal council meeting. Some students "skipped" school to have an opportunity to see Clinton, up-close. Others waited in line afterward to shake her hand, wish her well, and get her to autograph books, shirts, and other Clinton campaign items.
Clinton campaigned in Wagner for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the waning days of an intense primary race against Sen. Barack Obama. The Wagner rally was the third of the day for the former president, who had earlier stopped in Fort Thompson and Mission.
And in Puerto Rico, Hillary not only campaigned, she seemed to actually have time to enjoy the island life and people:
Be careful not to throw stones when you live in a glass house. As I have pointed out many times, when Barack Obama accuses other candidates of questionable ethics and unsavory connections to lobbyists, he really needs to be careful. Even though the media aren't uniformly good at their job (see this), there are some journalists and some media outlets that still take their responsibility seriously:
The liberal blogs have spent the last three months crucifying Hillary Clinton for making up "new rules" regarding the Florida and Michigan primary votes and delegates, citing incomplete and inaccurate viral "facts" as proof that she is moving the goal post...again.