Earlier today, I said that it was ironic that Democrats had gone from the mantra of “Count every vote” in 2000 to making votes count little in 2008. Now it’s official: the DNC voted to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations before ruling that each delegate’s vote would count as 1/2 a vote. Here’s what the AP is reporting:

Democratic party officials said a committee agreed Saturday on a compromise to seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes after Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to get enough support to force their positions through.

Clinton’s chief delegate hunter Harold Ickes angrily informed the committee that Clinton had instructed him to reserve her right to appeal the matter to the Democrats’ credentials committee, which could potentially drag the matter to the party’s convention in August.

“There’s been a lot of talk about party unity, let’s all come together, and put our arms around each other,” said Ickes, who is also a member of the Rules Committee that approved the deal. “I submit to you ladies and gentlemen, hijacking four delegates…is not a good way to start down the path of party unity.”

It’s predictable that Hillary wouldn’t accept such a deal because it essentially cedes victory to Sen. Obama. That said, there’s definitely merit to her argument. Here’s what TNR is reporting on the unity front:

Howard Dean may hope that the “healing will begin today,” but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting right now to try to figure out Florida and Michigan, the Hillary protesters are occupying an utterly alternate (and healing-free) universe: a universe in which one of the big lawn rally’s speakers yells that the Democratic Party no longer is in the business of “promoting equality and fairness for all”; in which a Hillary supporter with two poodles shouts, “Howard Dean is a leftist freak!”; in which a man exhibits a sign that reads “At least slaves were counted as 3/5ths a Citizen” and shows Dean whipping handcuffed people; and in which Larry Sinclair, the Minnesota man who took to YouTube to allege that Barack Obama had oral sex with him in the back of a limousine in 1999, is one of the belles of the ball.

Based on that report, I think it’s a stretch to believe that healing is a priority with Hillary’s supporters. Rather, I’d say that their mission is simple: winning isn’t the biggest thing; it’s the only thing.

I referenced the troubles within the Democratic Party in my earlier post. This is a perfect illustration of that divide. When they were deciding who would succeed Terry McAuliffe as DNC chairman, Eli Pariser made it known what the MoveOn.org wing wanted:

“For years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base[.] But we can’t afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers…In the last year, grass-roots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the party doesn’t need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it’s our party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.”

It’s an established fact that MoveOn.org hates the DLC wing. It isn’t just that they see things a bit differently; it’s that MoveOn.org sees things through a completely different lens. To people like Eli Pariser, the DLC is nothing more than GOP Lite.

Another troublespot for the DNC to deal with is the rift between the limosine liberal elitists and the blue collar Reagan Democrats. Remember all the exit polls showing Hillary supporters as unwilling to vote for Obama? Check this out:

Of the eight Hillary supporters I quiz at the protest (six of them women), only one says she’d even consider voting for Obama in the fall. “It’s sad. I’m a lifelong Democrat and the party’s been taken over by these Obama people who say they want ‘change,'” gripes Linda of Horseheads, New York, outside the Marriott as a honking car decorated with a painting of Hillary, a glued-on bust of Cleopatra, and a tampon drives by. Linda, she says, has already gone to the state Board of Elections to learn how to write Hillary’s name in in November. “So much has been stolen from her.”

That’s got to worry the Obama campaign. If that’s how Hillary’s supporters see him, then he’s toast. I’d be surprised if that is representative but even if it’s halfways accurate, it’s still awful news for Team Obama. If Hillary’s Democrats stay home or Reagan Democrats vote for John McCain, then that makes Obama’s job awfully difficult in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

2 Responses to “Florida, Michigan Delegations Second Class Citizens With DNC”

  • J. Ewing says:

    The Democrats have a real problem here. They created the rules, but the minute they need to enforce the rules, they back away. So why have rules? Are Democrats just the party of “if it feels good, do it?” Oh, yeah, I forgot.

  • Gary Gross says:

    It goes deeper than that, too. I think they’ve reached a point where the two camps’ supporters don’t trust each other anymore.

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