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If you ran the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, how would you divide the Michigan and Florida delegates?

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Originally published on BuzzFlash.com on Fri, 05/30/2008 – 7:58am

And who ever said political fun can’t happen on a Saturday? It’s not a primary or a caucus, but it is where the political spotlight will shine on Saturday. It’s a meeting of the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee.

Michigan. Florida. Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. Voters. Delegates. Superdelegates.

We know the committee will rule not only on the percentage of votes from the two states but also whether the delegates will be seated at full strength or half-strength or possibly not at all.

I am offering my own personal opinion (and not that of BuzzFlash management): I would like to see the delegates awarded based on the vote totals in Michigan and Florida (no matter how flawed the elections were), where Sen. Hillary Clinton would get 55% in Michigan and 50% in Florida. Sen. Barack Obama would get the rest of the delegates, essentially all the non-Clinton delegates. If you first want to give the Edwards delegates in Florida to Edwards, then that’s fine with me. They will likely end up in the Obama column anyway. As for full- or half-strength, I’m not as passionate about that stance. Seating the delegates and giving them half a vote seems a fair penalty, and matches what the Republicans did.

But perhaps you have a different take on what the committee should do. So put yourself in the committee’s shoes: if you got to decide what happens with Michigan and Florida, how would you divvy up the delegates in each state? Let us know what you think.

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Written by democracysoup

May 30, 2008 at 7:58 am

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