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With all our superdelegate tracking, we've been remiss in following the Florida and Michigan stories. MyDD has two good posts today, one focusing on a joint statement from Governors Jennifer Granholm and Charlie Crist, and the other keys off a statement by DNC Chairman Howard Dean. But let me make the following point. There are a number of ways this could play out, and they are all "within the rules"
- Status Quo. No delegates from Florida or Michigan.
- The Credentials Committee seats one or both delegations as is. Totally within the rules. The Credentials Committee has the total power within the rules to seat or not seat any delegate as they choose, regardless of any previous DNC rules.
- The Credentials Committee seats the delegates, but makes each delegate worth half a vote, essentially restoring the originally proposed 50% penalty. Totally within the rules.
- The Credentials Committee seats the delegations, but makes sure they are split 50-50 between Obama and Clinton. Totally within the rules
- Either state submits a new delegate selection plan to the DNC. It is approved, and new delegates are selected. Totally within the rules. (And Delaware supposedly did this in a previous election year).
Update (3/6 9:30 PM): Michigan is in discussions to hold a caucus or "shotgun primary", a primary with limited polling places and times. We will keep a close eye on these developments. And remember, if the plan gets approved, Michigan's superdelegates are all back in play.