In the wake of yesterday’s decision by a committee of the Democratic Party to give Michigan and Florida delegates each one-half vote at the national convention in Denver this August, some supporters of Lady Macbeth are a wee bit unhappy:
And another has bruises on her arm to go with those on her soul:
Nor were Clinton campaign officials overjoyed with the outcome:
But it was the Michigan plan, approved by a 19 to 8 vote, that drew sharper opposition because of the way that state’s delegates will be awarded. Under the plan, Clinton will be given 34.5 delegate votes in Denver to Obama’s 29.5 delegate votes, a percentage distribution recommended by leaders of the Michigan Democratic Party but opposed by the Clinton campaign officials, who said it violates the results of Michigan’s Jan. 15 primary.
"This motion will hijack — hijack — remove four delegates won by Hillary Clinton," said Harold Ickes, who oversees delegate operations for the Clinton campaign and is also a member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee. "This body of 30 individuals has decided that they’re going to substitute their judgment for 600,000 voters."
Arguing that the Michigan compromise "is not a good way to start down the path of party unity," Ickes warned that Clinton had authorized him to note that she will "reserve her rights to take it to the credentials committee" later. Campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson later affirmed that Clinton will reserve her right to challenge the outcome.
And the anger wasn’t just inside the meeting hall:
The Democratic Party risks the defection of many supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton unless it settles the Florida and Michigan primary fracas to their satisfaction, said protesters at pro-Clinton rallies in Washington yesterday.
"I refuse to be associated with a party that is stupid, self-destructive and undemocratic, and now, I’m beginning to realize, is misogynistic," said Norma Broude, an American University professor who was among more than 1,000 Clinton supporters at a "count the vote" rally at Rock Creek Park.
Friend and fellow American University professor Mary Garrard agreed, saying that she will not vote for Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Sen. Barack Obama, if he receives the party’s presidential nomination.
"The Democratic Party has disdained the female demographic, they have demeaned Hillary Clinton, and this time we’re not going to roll over," Ms. Garrard said.
Now, will all Hillary’s backers stay home or vote for McCain? No, I’m sure most will calm down and reconcile themselves to what’s happened. But, to that (hopefully large) inconsolable core of truly angry Democrats, I join Steve in Tennessee with these words of advice: Fight on to Denver, my friends! And if that doesn’t work, third party!
LINKS: Ed Morrissey thinks today’s vote in Puerto Rico changes nothing about the coming Demoratic donnybrook in Denver and beyond. He’s right, but it will still add to the fun. Sister Toldjah thinks the next five months will be bumpy for both parties.