Saturday, April 5, 2008

Dean turns down the sheets

DNC Chairman Howard Dean made hotel reservations Wednesday morning.

No, not Eliot Spitzer-type reservations -- these were for members of the Florida delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

The move seems to portend a resolution to the highly and hotly disputed delegate mess in which Floridians -- and Michiganders -- have found themselves since their too-early primaries that drew the ire of the Democratic National Committee.

Dean himself indicated that a compromise is assured ...

Florida's Democratic leadership and national party chairman Howard Dean presented a united front (Wednesday) as they met to resolve their dispute over the seating of that state’s delegation at the presidential nominating convention in Denver.

"It is my commitment, working with the Florida delegation and the campaigns to find a fair solution so that Florida will be seated — and we are confident enough that we have reserved hotel rooms for the delegates from Florida in Denver," said Dean.
... even though it's no clearer today than a month ago how that compromise will be reached:

" ... We all agree that whatever the solution, it must have the support of both campaigns. While there may be differences of opinion in how we get there, we are all committed to ensuring that Florida's delegation is seated in Denver. We're committed to working with both campaigns to reach a solution as soon as realistically possible," said the statement.

" ... We will continue to work towards a solution to ensure delegates are seated and logistics are in place for a Florida delegation in Denver."
Meanwhile, one thing has become clear, and that's that Michigan won't be holding a "do-over:" any compromise that is reached will have to work, in some way, around the numbers produced in the first go-round, when Hillary Clinton was the only candidate on what one cable news host called "a Soviet-style ballot:"

Michigan Democrats will not to go to the polls again to choose a presidential nominee, even though the national party has refused to recognize the results of their vote in January, the party announced Friday.

"We have concluded that it is not practical to conduct such a primary or caucus," the state party's executive committee said in a written statement. But they added they will continue to work with the Democratic National Committee and elected officials to ensure that the state is represented at the party convention in Denver this August.
If Dean manages to somehow avoid a brokered convention, working things out with Florida and Michigan should be relatively easy.