I’m still shaking my head in wonderment over the deal forged at the DNC’s Rules Committee Meeting today. In a nutshell, as Marc Ambinder notes, “Clinton nets 24 delegates out of the day.” Read Ambinder’s take on the closing moments of the meeting. Needless to say there are some unhappy campers all the way around. Clinton campaign manager weighs in here with a statement on the decision.
The Clinton campaign is reserving “the right to challenge this decision before the Credentials Committee and appeal for a fair allocation of Michigan’s delegates that actually reflect the votes as they were cast.”
So…. Will the decision bring “Unity” to the party? Good luck with that, as Big Tent Democrat notes:
…the biggest mistakes today were made by Barack Obama. Why? In my opinion, nothing that happened today could take the nomination away from Obama. Hell, he should have argued for full seating of both delegations based on the primary results, taking the Michigan uncommitted delegates. Even in the unlikely event the RBC would have agreed to that, that would have only cost him 57 delegates net. That was not going to threaten his nomination.
And it would have unified the Party. It would have been a wonderful gesture to the Clinton Wing of the Party. It would have shut everyone up when he wins the nomination. What did Obama do instead? He fought to take 4 delegates from Clinton in Michigan. For what? To piss off every Clinton supporter and keep the Party divided?
All over 4 measly delegates? Incredible.
Barack Obama will be the nominee of the Democratic Party imo, and for four measly delegates, he just made his already difficult task of unifying the Democratic Party that much more difficult.
No magnanimous gestures from Barack Obama today however in effort to the unify the part…
Instead a short time before the news broke of the final decision from the Rules Committee, we learn at “6:26: The Obama campaign confirms that Sen. Barack Obama has quit Trinity United Church in Chicago.” Interesting timing on an announcement that is now overshadowing the Rules Committee decision in the news and the blogosphere.