An Obama-packed rules committee, operating behind closed doors, first ejected a number of unhappy pro-Clinton demonstrators (see videos below), then cut the votes of the Florida and Michigan delegations in half. They then proceeded to divide Michigan’s votes (where Obama did not appear on the ballot) between Hillary and Obama > 69 (halved to 34.5 votes) – 59 (halved to 29.5 votes), conceding Hillary a slightly larger number. The slight concession secured Obama’s team a whopping 19-8 Rules Committee majority.
Dana Milbank describes how it all went.
Clinton campaign advisor Harold Ickes expressed indignation.
I rise in opposition, but I’ll sit. … We find it inexplicable that this body that is supposedly devoted to rules is going to fly in the face of, other than our affirmative action rules, the single most fundamental rule in the delegate selection process, that is fair reflection. …
I am stunned that we have the gall and the chutzpah to substitute our judgment for 600,000 voters. …
Hijacking four delegates is not a good way to start down the path of party unity.
Ickes argued that the principle of “fair reflection” should guarantee that delegate allocation reflect the actual vote tally.
Under the Rules Committee’s “compromise,” the state shifts four delegates to Barack Obama without justification, Ickes said.
Hell, why not take 10 of them, take 20 of them,” Ickes said. “Just keep on going.
Ickes threatened to take the fight to the August Convention.
Deborah Foster was roughed up & ejected: 1:33 video
Harriet Christian of Manhattan is very angry, and promises McCain will be the next president of the United State 1:44 video