This Democratic Primary is made of awesome.
I never, ever want it to end.
By Moe Lane Posted in Always Playtest | Democrats | The Best Democratic Primary EVER — Comments (11) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Before we go any further, I suggest that you at least peruse this document: it's the rules by which the DNC will be running their convention, assuming of course that the whole thing doesn't get called on account of Molotov cocktails. Which would be bad, by the way. That convention center is private property, and was not built just to be burned down by an angry mob.
Anyway, TalkLeft and Daily Kos (H/T: Instapundit) are examining the entire makeup of the Credentials Committee, which - surprise, surprise! - has an exceedingly complicated method by which the people responsible for validating the various delegates are chosen. Bottom line: Donna Brazile aside, the makeup of the DNC's Credentials Committee will be largely determined by delegate ratios, broken down by State. And right now it's an open question whether either candidate will have a majority, absent Dean's appointees.
There's a certain amount of controversy over at the two sites above over what the precise ratio is, and how the upcoming races will change that ratio. Interesting enough, in its way - and, aside from everything else, it's a fairly clear indication that both campaigns now have yet another pressing reason to fight as hard as they can for every remaining State/Territorial race - but also irrelevant, in its way. A lot of those people seem to be missing the big picture; a common assumption over there is that if Hillary doesn't get a majority on the Credentials Committee, its existence becomes pointless again.
Heh. Thankfully, no.
You see, the Credentials Committee handles issues with every State delegation - and while Michigan and Florida may be the most visible problems of that type, there will be others, particularly once the Clinton campaign (followed shortly by the Obama campaign, in retaliation) gets rolling. The threshold for generating a minority report is 20%, which will be trivially easy for either campaign to get; and from my perusal of the Order of Business I can see a couple of places where the presentation of minority reports (and amendments) can be a perfect substitute for a proxy floor fight. This all takes place before the actual balloting, obviously - so even the pledged delegates aren't actually under any sort of obligation to vote a particular way. And that's not even bringing up the Rules Committee, which has its own set of shenanigans.
I have to say, this is the best of both worlds to GOP political junkies: arcane convention trivia, coupled with nothing stopping us from cheering on them testing the whole rickety edifice to destruction. I don't know what we did to deserve this, but we're ever so grateful for it...