May 27th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
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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.

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  1. Bryan in Michigan

    The rules by the DNC were set. Michigan and Florida decided NOT to play by the rules, but every other state abided by the rules. The penalty for not abiding by the rules was not to count that state's delegates.

    Clear. Simple. Everyone knew this before decisions were made.

    Now, some want to change the rule. Again.

    Why have rules then in the first place?

    May 27, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    Whew , found it!
    I was just looking for an open place to respond to Hillary supporters. Please, Hillary supporters we are very sorry for all the mean and nasty things we said about Hillary. It is politics and we got mad. We defended our man really hard. We like Barack and want him as our next POTUS. That does not mean we hate Hillary or that we meant all the rude things we said. We are just really frustrated and want to get on with fighting McShame and have the Dems in control for the next 8 years. Please forgive all the unkind things we said about Hillary in the heat of the moment and join us to save our country and our children. We do not want to lose one more child, son, or daughter, mother or father in Iraq. Please join us and say no to Bush and McSHAME. I know it is late in the game but Please let's not change the rules and let's play together. The goal is defeat the Republicans and save our once great nation: isn't it? VOTE DEMOCRATIC 08

    May 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. paul

    I SUGGEST ALL YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS READ THE RULES..

    MICHEAL POSTED THEM ABOVE!!

    GOOD JOB!

    May 27, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Kevin

    Shame on all candidates for agreeing to leave out these two states from the start. They should all as democrats have demanded that a solution be found before the campaign started. It is very revealing that a man who talks about change was so casual about the voting rights of millions of people.

    May 27, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Karen

    I bet you that it would be a show of ugly face of Clintons. In that sense, it is historic.

    May 27, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Gaylon Barrow

    IF YOU DON'T SEAT THESE DELEGATES AND POPULAR VOTE AS VOTED THEN COUNT THIS 51-YEAR DEMOCRAT GONE. I will not set by and watch the MEDIA and the DEAN, PELOSI,KENNEDY, KERRY, RICHARDSON, AN OTHER UNWORTHY PEOPLE THAT CALL THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS PUT THE NOMINATION IN THE MOST UNWORTHY HANDS AMERICA HAS EVER SEEN. NOW HE HAS AN UNCLE WHO LIBERATED AUSTIWICH PRISON CAMPS. I THOUGHT THE RUSSIANS DID THAT. I AM SO TIRED OF HIS DECEIT, LYING AND TAKING MONEY FROM GANGSTERS, HIS TERRORIST SUPPORTER WHO HELPED WITH HIS CAMPAIGN TO WIN A IL STATE SNATOR'S SEAT BY DEFAULT. IF YOU AMERICANS DON'T STAND UP AND DENOUCE THIS CANDIDATE THEN YOU GET WHAT YOU DERSERVE BUT COLOR ME GONE. ALL THIS MAN HAS EVER ACOMPLISHED IS A DIVISION IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT WILL NEVER BE FIXED. FROM NOW ON CALL IT THE NAACP PARTY AND BE DONE WITH IT. IT CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE A PARTY OF THE PEOPLE.

    May 27, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Karen,

    It seems to me that mixing up Buchenwald and Auschwitz is easy to do. Both were concentration camps !!!

    May 27, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Molly

    To the obama group : this is a FACT!!!
    Forget all that happened Before FL & MI voted. A REVOTE was scheduled and funded for BOTH states – obama BLOCKED IT!!!!!!!

    WHY???????????? AND YOU STILL CLAIM HE FOLLOWED THE RULES??????? This was to be a RE-VOTE – a whole NEW primary with campaigns – the DNC agreed, both states agreed, Clinton agreed – obama said NO!!!
    So – he gets ZERO Votes!
    Obama is a FRAUD & a LIER – Check this out – FACT!

    May 27, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. YES WE CAN

    Barack Obama is going to be one our greatest President's ever. He has integrity, honesty, moral values, and he tells the truth.

    The story about Barack's great uncle was true. He was incorrect about the place but corrected it. He is doing the right thing on wanting to help our military going to school when they get out of the service. They don't need to live under a bridge.

    McCain isn't the only one that was ever a Veteran. He appears to be a puff of hot air with a big temper and hanging on the coat tails of Bush. Tonight he is sneaking around like nobody knows he is funding with Bush. Please. Remember McCain didn't know who the leaders were standing in Iraq with Senator Lieberman when he had to keep telling McCain on TV that he was confused about the groups of people he was talking about. People do make honest mistakes. Now the Bosnia sniper trip that Hillary talked about was a lie.

    The DNC will seat MI and FL 50 -50. For the sake of the USA Hillary needs to bow out gracefully. She has so much to offer apart from Bill – in her own right..

    YES WE CAN – WHEN WE UNITE.

    May 27, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Abby

    The comments from the obama group are a DISGRACE to your candidate – that guy of "UNITY" – nice to see the obama "type"

    Obama has blocked FL & MI votes for months now – but – seems he might need them to win the general – so....now what to do?????
    He also sent Sharpton down to FL to make sure these votes did NOT count – BUT – was offered a Re-vote – said NO to that also.
    He only wants to campaign in states he can WIN – he LOST in both FL & MI – so he does not want to count them – Seems Fair???????

    May 27, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. No Hillary

    1) I don't believe that even seating Florida and Michigan will satisfy Hillary (because she will still be behind).

    2) Even after seating FL and MI, I am sure she will find a new reason to create confusion and divide the party... Bill already started the "cover-up" excuse and Hillary is talking about changing the whole DNC primary rules.....Hillary also argues that she should be the nominee because she won the so called "important states in general election"

    3) I am sure that her disagreement will continue even beyond primaries and even beyond general election... SO JUST IGNORE HER AND MOVE ON!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. Cindy

    Clinton and her supporters are turning this into a circus... as Rove and Limbaugh are laughing their _sses off.

    Ms Clinton... really now? Is this mature? Is this respectable? Is this a good thing for the Women's Movement? I am so ashamed. For the first time in my adult life, I am so ashamed...

    May 27, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Pat

    The DNC better come up with some way to get Obama out of this election! Scads of people who had already voted for him prior to learning his true color, will not support him in the general election. Hopefully, the DNC in all their infinate wisdom is aware of this. There are many of us out here, who supported him blindly...not realising all he's done for the past 20 yrs, is work to firmly embed himself in one racial community over another, and done so radically. I'm a bi racial woman, born in the same decade as BO, and I believe he's an extreme racist, and is not to be believed. I will leave the Democratic Party if he's the nominee, and I know MANYYYYYYYYYYY others who feel exactly the same. Hillary Clinton, should run as an Independent. No other Candidate, has her Credentials...Bill, and proven successful past of fixing our Nation, in exactly the condition it is now in. Are they perfect? NO! Are they proven, and capable of fixing our nations current situation? YES! I couldn't even vote for her with him as her VP, much less vice versa! He's the epitomy of lying smooth talking man! That's all he is. He has serious identity issues, and prejudices, that disqualify him from leading the most racially diverse nation on our planet. I don't care what color you are...he's veryyyyyy bad news! I'm furious that I was so gullable, and hoped he was the sheep...not just another wolf. Which is exactly what he's turned out to be...Scarey that this inexperienced racial extreemist might be the nominee of the Party I have supported my entire life. Lou Dobbs here I come!

    May 27, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Alice

    Do what you want with the seating of the delegates – if you must – BUT DON'T MOVE THE GOALPOSTS ! ! !

    May 27, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. MI Women 4 Obama!

    SUPERS...PLEASE.....PUT THE PARTY OUT OF THIS MISERY!

    CLOSE THIS DEAL WITH ENOUGH SUPERS TO SHUT THE CLINTON'S DOWN.

    THE CLINTON'S ARE GOING TO DESTROY THE CHANCES OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO THE WHITEHOUSE.

    THAT CRAZY WOMAN AND BILL ARE NOT GOING TO STAND BEHIND THE NOMINEE, BARACK. IT IS JUST ONE MORE OF HER MANY LIES!

    THE SUPERS CAN END THIS NOW AND SAVE US ALL!

    BARACK OBAMA 08 & 12!

    May 27, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. DemsV

    It's so sad to see all this hatred for a democrat.

    I will never vote for Obama but only because I don't like to put someone without experience and that voted present to many times in office. If he could take a desition and vote how can he be president?

    May 27, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. fantasypolitics

    to you folks that say thousands followed some rules and didn't vote, so therefore Florida shouldn't count..... that is just crazy talk. what makes you think that only Obama supporters didn't vote? and what rules are you talking about. No one said we should not vote to follow some rules?? Obama clearly violated the rules by campaigning in Florida in person and with TV ads he ran for two weeks continuously. He voluntarily took his name off the ballot with John Edwards. He is the one that decided that the voters in Michigan don't count for anything when he did that. That was disrespectful to the voters of Michigan. and he kept his name on the ballot in Florida because he thought he might have a chance there, hence that's why he ran all those TV ads there. You guys that are all about rules seem to forget about Obama breaking them at will. And why are you guys so quick to take a person's right to vote away?? What did I do wrong as a voter in Florida, that now you want me treated as a common felon. Oh that's right I voted......????
    this whole process has been a sham, and Howard Dean needs to step down. If they want to investigate something, they should look at the caucus system that"s based on peer pressure and bullying, and has little to do with democracy.

    May 27, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Denise

    The more I read about this, this more I get annoyed with Hillary. I respected her and all her hard work. But rules are rules !! She really lost my respect

    May 27, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Mike

    All of you Obama supporters need to get a huge life...

    May 27, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Edith Arkansas

    Tipical Republican style, They set high standards and values for everyone else but they value it less. But everyone get a load of the hot news Bush former spokeman McCelland's book just out tell all about the Bush's Improprities at the Whitehouse. States the Iraq war was unnecessary. Like I fore stated tipical Republicans. These commenter and Hillary supporters who say they will vote for McCAIN if Hillary don't win the nomination are no doubt people who works in her campaign. I can't for the life of me see how anyone would even give a first thought to voting for McCain or any Republican, Look at the economy for the last 71/2 years. You or either filthy rich or insane. They have got to have very low morals to support someone like Hillary. This womwn is a disgrace to America!!!!!. I also think part of her reason for keeping her campaign going because she is attempting to avoid the lawsuit PaulVs Clinton. The Clinton's lawyer got the judge to hold of her deposition until after the General Election, What that tells you. If she gets the Presidency she hopes, then she will use executive priviledge, the Clinton's are pros at getting out of their wrong doing.

    May 27, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The states knew that there would be problem because they were notified of the rules before they moved the date of their primaries. I say let them seat 50% of the normal delegate number and have them split 50/50 between Clinton and Obama. All the rules were known ahead of time; this should not have been a problem for so long.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. KJ in TN

    Now both candidates agreed that MI and FL weren't going to be in play. Now, since Hillary so desperately needs those delegations, she is pushing for the rule change. Wow! It also is funny to see the Hillary supporters become so bitter at the nomination process after Obama pretty much ran a clean campaign. Some mud was slung around every now and then, but only after he was attacked repeatedly in a Republican like fashion from a fellow Democrat. It is evident to those who do not want to unify the party behind Obama are worst than elitist. They are bigots...those hit sit in churches and bible studies but practice the art of hypocrisy day to day. They would rather see more harm come to the great number of people in this nation than to see an opportunity for change all in the name of what? Skin color, misguided notions of his religion, and familiarity with the works of government? You guys really need to practice what's written in the Good Book.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Voter

    Obama. Please. Isn't this the same bozo who ran up one side of Clinton and down the other because she said something that was inaccurate??? I think so. What his grandfather did before he was born is TOTALLY irrelevant to who and what he is or does or stands for. Truly a CROCK, and this guy WILL LIE AND SAY JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED! And I don't hear the Clinton Camp demanding an apology from wunderkind.

    Old politics? YUP! Obama is an old school slick POLITICIAN, except he's not very good at it. You've seen one concentration camp, you've seen them all. Right, Barry or Barack or whatever your name is. Don't worry, I remember Reverend Wright's name- your friend you could no more reject than you could reject your own grandmother-until it was no longer convenient.

    LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    You whining democrats need to get spines

    May 27, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. susie

    Dean is in Obama's back pocket!

    May 27, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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