May 27th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
6 years ago

DNC meeting hottest ticket in town

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It promises to be the highest-profile gathering of Democratic heavyweights until the summer nominating convention – and shaping up to be a harder ticket to come by: this Saturday’s Washington meeting to debate the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations is officially the toughest ticket in town.

The members of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee – the panel weighing how both states should be represented at the convention in Denver – will meet very publicly, at a hotel site ringed with protestors and satellite trucks. Inside, they’ll be joined by a swarm of political journalists – and a few rank-and-file Democrats. Only about 300 people – including RBC members, press and public - will be allowed inside.

But hundreds of Democrats eager for a front-row seat to history found themselves out of luck today, as the party’s online registration system for the spots available to the public was overwhelmed at 10 a.m. ET, when it opened. All available seats were claimed in about a minute.

(By comparison: the Hannah Montana concert earlier this year at the Verizon Center – granted, a much larger venue – took roughly 12 minutes to sell out.)

Disgruntled Democrats and party officials alike took to the Web, amid complaints from disappointed would-be attendees that they had successfully registered, only to see that confirmation disappear. DNC officials said some had missed out on their chance by moments. “The difference between getting a spot and not was a matter of seconds,” said DNC Internet Director Josh Hendler in a statement quickly posted on the party’s Web site. “We’re sorry we don’t have enough room for everyone who wanted to be there, but we’ll make sure you can see the meeting if you want to.”

In fact, ticket-holders won’t have much of an advantage over disappointed Democrats forced to watch the proceedings via on television or online: they won’t be allowed to speak, or to express their viewpoint non-verbally through signs or banners.

And there may be almost as much news outside the venue as inside the ballroom where delegates meet, as groups backing both candidates have pledged to bring supporters to press their case on RBC members as they arrive.

As the temperature rose on rhetoric surrounding Saturday’s protests, the organizer of one of the pro-Obama rallies planned for that day told CNN Tuesday they were re-dubbing their gathering a “voter registration event” – a nod to party unity – and not a “counter-protest” that could be viewed as an attempt to disrupt the proceedings.

soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Nikole

    It doesn't matter how they seat the delegates. Obama will be the Democratic nominee, he has earned it. I encourage all Obama supporters to do something productive rather than protest. Commit to registering at least 1 person to vote tomorrow. Donate or make phone calls.

    May 27, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. sacto joe

    I call it a rumble. And the Clinton gang started it!

    May 27, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Gary for HILLARY

    If HILLARY wins, it's a surefire winner! If its the Intern, no way! The Democratic Party should nominate the strongest candidate, not an amateur one!!!!! He will just be trashed by the Republican party! I need a fighter!!!!! Not an Intern!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. we want change not more of the same

    They need to seat the delegates after the nominee is selected.florida and michigan should decide the outcome of the primaries and also they need to strip florida of their superdelegates vote they shouldn't be able to vote they just like Hilary didn't complain at the time now they want to change the game

    May 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Eli Winter

    Obama must be fair but not too appeasing; this is a test for you on dealing with someone that is pressuring you and being unreasonable. Be tough but fair. Give a little but don’t cave in.

    May 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    I will definitely be watching every minute of it. It will be very interesting to see how the manage to appease both sides.

    May 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. JOJOd

    At the end of the meeting they plan to have Shrill & Bill come up to the stage as if they were giving them an award, but instead of an award they will all start singing:

    Hit the road, Jack,
    And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
    Hit the road, Jack,
    And don't you come back no more!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Tom in CA

    ...oh. The DNC will give all the FL and MI delegates space at the convention.

    However, only 50% will go as the vote on FL and MI primary dates. The remainder will go according to the national Poll of Poll results as of 5/30!

    Sorry Senator Clinton – you come in 2nd! Senator Obama is the party's nominee!

    May 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. paul Christian

    Going to the DNC would be great fun with plenty of good stories.
    Obama's Great Uncle helped liberate Auschwitz and HE helped liberate the Jews during the "Raid on Entebbe". I think he was working as a soldier in Uganda at the time. With Hillary and the bullets flying, this sounds like fun.

    May 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. gary

    DNC IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IN THIS ELECTION RACE. FIXING EVERYTHING TOWARD OBAMA WITH SUPER DELICATES ETC. WHAT COMES AROUND GOES GOES AROUND. HRC HAS BEEN TRASHED BY ALL OF THEM, EXXSPECIALLY O.B. SUPPORTERS. THEY ARE THE WORST HATERS. CALLING US UNEDUCATED. WE KNOW WHAT OUR CANIDATE IS ABOUT AND HOW MUCH SHE HAS BEEN THERE FOR US THROUGH THE YEARS.OBAMA COULDN'T EVEN BE FOR NEW ORLEANS WHEN THEY ASKED HIM EARLIER. HRC DIDN'T HESITATE. THATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOTH CANIDATES. HRC IS FOR US ,O.B. IS FOR HIMSELF AND MAKING HISTORY.

    May 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. AZM

    LOL...

    I'd rather see Hanna Montana...

    All joking aside... there will be plenty of people out front carrying their signs you can bet!

    May 27, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. anonymous

    IF the comittee decides not to seat FL and MI delegates it will take a lot less time for a violent riot to break out.

    May 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. ChaChaCha

    The DNC will have a difficult job, settling this since Hillary wants the entire goal post moved and has her followers believing Obama had something to do with all of this. WHERE ARE THE HEADS of THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS?? Someplace in the dark for sure.

    Hillary signed an agreement in the beginning and only cares for these votes for her own campaign. She didn't care in the beginning. And she doesn't care about the "small states", insinuating they don't count.
    It is a crude joke. Another example of how she would run our nation, GOD FORBID.

    All BLAME is on those in FLA.and Mich. who were responsible for moving the primary's KNOWINGLY against the rules.

    I think the DNC should stick with the rules they set in the beginning and redirect Hillary's followers to those at fault, and not count any of the votes and not allow any seating of the delegates, PERIOD!! Want to protest, protest at home where your state messed it up for you. And Hillary needs a stern NO to the games she has played in this.

    People who don't support this are acting like children. It is GROW UP time. RULE CHANGES IN THE MIDDLE or END OF THE GAME ARE NOT ALLOWED. Get over it!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Anybody But Hillary

    Yes, and I'm sure Hillary can't wait to "perform" one last time.

    The DNC needs to get a timer and when her time is up, it will be up. Also they need to tell the Clintons who is in charge. Billary doesn't own the country.

    Kick the Clintons to the curb and let's be done with this already. And if they pull that "more popular votes" lie just tell them where they can go–anywhere, but the White House.

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. diane from AZ

    Will this meeting finally put an end to this fiasco? I hope that no matter the outcome, this will finally put Hillary out to pasture As her husband said, if you don't want to play in the game, get off the field.

    May 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. shirley

    If the DNC bows under pressure from billionaire contributor's and seats Florida and Michigan at anything but 50/50, I will vote Republican for the first time and consider it a vote against corruption and Hillary's nasty campaign tactics. I cannot believe it has come down to this......shame on all of you involved in this charade.

    May 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Predictions

    the wicked witch of the east will win, but be hated by millions.

    May 27, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. mike-fla

    I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND THEY TOLD US THESE VOTES WOULD NOT COUNT SO A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN'T VOTE EVERYBODY KNEW THAT WHY IN THE WORLD DO WE ALWAYS GOT TO LOOK LIKE THE FOOLS WHEN ITS TIME TO VOTE DON'T COUNT THESE VOTES BECAUSE ONE PERSON IS NOT WINNING. EVERYBODYS VOICE IN FLORIDA WAS NOT HEARD MRS.CLINTON!!!!! WE KNEW THESE WOULD NOT COUNT GET THAT PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Peter T

    It would be bad to change the rules during the process. It is also bad to leave MI and FL outside the convention. The root of the problem is the undemocratic privilege of Iowa, New Hampshire, Sout Carolina, and Nevada to vote before the other states, but it is too late now to do something about that. It is not too late to do something about 2012. My preference would be two or more rounds of voting, and each state can decide which round they want to belong to. A stretched-out primary seems actually good for the process, to test the endurance of the candidates. I hope that the Democratic party doesn't adopt a "first at the pole" rule like the Republicans but something more just like an instant run-off within the party.

    May 27, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Donald Gordon Ontario, CA

    The only reason the whole Michigan and Florida thing is even an issue right now is because Hillary Clinton needs those delegates to even have a chance to win the nomination. If Hillary were in the lead, and Obama needed those delegates to stay in the race, all of Hillary's supporters would be screaming bloody murder if those delegates were seated. Face it, Hillary supporters, that is the only reason you care, it is because "your girl" is behind. Besides, both states clearly broke the rules that were agreed upon before the primary process even started.

    Obama '08

    May 27, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    I'll watch it on TV with a better view of everything.

    It's not the Superbowl...

    May 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Joel

    It will be the hottest meeting in town if the DNC gives away the store. I hope they hold their ground with Billary and not be bamboozled.

    Note to the DNC:

    Do not take Barack's money and give it to Hillary to pay off her stupid debt that SHE got herself into. She can't take care of her own affairs, how can she take care of the country? She can't.

    Hillary is the most selfish, self-centered person on the planet, and I can't wait until she exits stage left. Or in her case stage right, along with McSame.

    Don't go away angry Hillary, just go.

    May 27, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Nanette, KS

    No one is pushing Hillary out, but we sure will be glad when she goes through that door. Buh-bye.

    May 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. SLO Bear

    Hopefully with all those witnesses, the Clintons won't be able to succeed in their attempted robbery.

    May 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Diane Rinella

    Looks like Hilary is not the only one who can have a slip of the tongue.
    As for Obama's remarks; "How unfortunate."

    May 27, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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