May 27th, 2008
10:25 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama supporters planning DNC counter-protest

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Both Clinton and Obama supporters are planning to protest outside Saturday's RBC meeting in Washington."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supporters of Barack Obama’s presidential bid are planning to demonstrate outside the Saturday meeting in Washington where Democratic officials are slated to debate the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations at the party’s summer convention.

The move comes days after backers of Hillary Clinton’s White House run announced plans to converge on the Washington, D.C. hotel where members of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee are meeting.

“Hillary Clinton's supporters are going to be bussing in protestors for the Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting, so it's critical that we show up for the counter-protest,” wrote on organizer in a post on the Daily Kos Web site Tuesday morning.

Last week, the pro-Clinton Committee to Count Every Vote said it was organizing a day-long May 31 rally outside the RBC meeting.

“Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama. Michigan and Florida, however, in addition to Hillary's strong support nationwide, cannot and must not be dismissed in DNC efforts to unify the party.”

The group said it was organizing buses to carry protestors to the meeting site, and could offer some overnight housing for those who could not afford to pay for accommodations.

Earlier this month, Clinton told a group of bloggers who support her candidacy that she encouraged efforts to lobby the committee.

“I thank you for zeroing in on the May 31 meeting. There will be a lot of activity around that meeting,” she said on a conference call, adding that it was “important your voices are heard” by DNC members.

A limited number of seats inside Saturday’s meeting were scheduled to be made available by the DNC at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday – but as of 10 minutes after the hour, all those seats had been claimed. Limited same-day registration will be available as space permits, according to the party’s Web site.

Those who make it inside will have to abide by strict guidelines banning “banners, posters, signs, handouts, and noisemakers of any kind” – and they won’t have a chance to weigh in, since there is no allowance for public comment.

Clinton’s campaign has pushed for both the Florida and Michigan delegations to be seated in full in accordance with the results of their January primaries, which were not sanctioned by the DNC because they were scheduled early in defiance of party instructions. Clinton was the only major candidate to appear on the ballot in Michigan, and won both contests.

The DNC, state Democratic parties and both presidential campaigns have said that they are eager for a compromise that would allow both Florida and Michigan to send delegations to the party’s nominating convention in Denver – but all sides stress that the solution would have to be acceptable to both campaigns.

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod signaled in an interview last week that the Illinois senator might be willing to consider a compromise that would give a slight advantage to Clinton.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Michigan
soundoff (530 Responses)
  1. EC

    THAT'S RIGHT.... if Sen. Clinton sits by and allows her own supporters to carry on in such a dishonorable manner THEN let the battle begin.

    It's so clear that the Sen. Clinton plays the "victim" so well by allowing her goonies to do her dirty work for her. Her supporters continue to become more and more like Republicans in their outright bitterness and simple-minded hatred.

    Sen. Clinton talks about "uniting" the party, but her actions speak another message. WIN at ALL COST!!! They say "actions speak louder than words"....and her supporters are truly acting out in full spectrum.

    Sen. Clinton and Bill Clinton have the NERVE to talk about being "disrespected". They have been nothing but disrespectful themselves by trying to bully and cheat their way at every turn.

    AND you wonder why she's LOSING big time.


    May 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Christi-CA

    The rules are the rules. If the dems of those states wanted to make sure the voters were franchised they would have done so before the primary started.

    May 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. sherrie50

    That's not surprising for Obama's supporters. After reading blogs for months, I conclude that they are the meanest group of people that I have had contact with. As a result, I will not give my vote to a candidate that garners such hate and evilness. I rather stand on principle and not vote.

    May 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    Do what you feel you need to do but this race is over.

    May 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Catherine

    I am suffering from CFS (Clinton Fatigue Syndrome.) While I would have voted for either candidate, recent rhetoric by both Clintons has left me disappointed and tired. Their recent arguments have no legitimate basis and the question becomes what are they really trying to accomplish? What is their true endgame?

    BTW for those who say Hillary Clinton has been treated with disrespect, I beg to differ. She and Bill have been treated with great respect. At one time they deserved that respect. Recently, though, I personally have found that their behavior has caused me to lose respect for them. And that, for me, is sad.

    May 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. NoMcSame

    Lock it up and toss the key so that Billary can't get in. No Clinton for VP we need an attack dog like Sen.Biden to chew them up and spit them out. He is a good man and has been around for a while and he knows all of the games that they will try to play.
    Billary is toast. Obama can win without her. They can say what they want but a vote for McSame As Bush is a vote for the same as Bush and right thinking people don't want that. You got to be into S&M to vote for McSame.
    America is about to get on track and once again take the lead in the world not the Bush/McSame way using force but by doing what is right to get our great name back.

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. dan FL voter

    50 states in the union.

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    In 1952,1956,1972,1988,2000,2004 and now 2008 will the Democratic Party never learn….

    Obama loses for the Democratic Party again!

    And WHO said the Democratic Party was DEMOCRATIC?

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Ann

    Couple of my friends are Clinton supporters, they have to support her , to push her stay in the race, because they put the bet on her, if Clinton lose, they will lost their bet, their money

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Crystal Clear

    Please Mr. Obama, please don't compromise and give her a slight advantage. Don't give her any advantage. You're in it to win it, not to give it away.

    Stay true to your supporters
    Stay true to yourself.

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Axelrod Strikes Again!

    This campaign is not about Obama - it's about Axelrod, who has done it all! Every opinion Obama expresses is orchestrated by Axelrod - that's why you'll rarely see Obama say anything substantive off-the-cuff . The "Obama Phenomenon" is a carefully crafted public relations event - and it started long go.


    Example: For four years Axelrod had camera crews tracking virtually everything Obama has done in public — chatting up World War II vets in southern IL, visiting his father’s ancestral village in Kenya — and often camera crews outnumbered the civilians. He found a grainy, C-Span-style shot of Obama talking about homelessness on the floor of the IL state Senate, which he quickly used to establish Obama’s prior political experience.

    Before that, Axelrod was mostly visible in Chicago the last decade as Mayor Daley’s public relations strategist - the guy who goes on TV to defend Daley from charges of corruption.

    Axelrod also operates a second business, ASK Public Strategies. This company discreetly plots strategy and advertising campaigns for corporate clients to shift public opinion their way. He and his partners consider virtually everything about ASK to be “top secret.”

    So when you vote for Obama, you'll really be voting for Axelrod. Good Luck!

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. mike

    They should have a protest in front of supreme court, on one is above the law, Clinton scandel should not be allowed to escape US justice

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Silence Dogood

    Remember this is how the 1968 DNC shaped up. The leading candidate takes the nomination. The DNC blows off legitimate concerns of a large portion of it's members. There are riots in the street. The DNC plows ahead.

    And because of the huge division in the party and putting up an empty suit as a candidate, opponent Richard Nixon won by a landslide. And kept us at war.

    The DNC is about to blow it again. Of course cult members rarely read history. It would destroy the illusion.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian




    Please Barack Supporters, get out there and show YOUR support for Barack. I just bet that Hillary never counted on a Counter Protest!

    I wish that I could be there, but failing that, I want to support all Barack Supporters, just get out there in HUGE, HUGE, HUUUUUUUUUUGE
    NUMBERS. But keep it from getting tacky, Barack would not like that..

    GO GUYS, GO!

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh for God's sake Hillary supporters, give it up already, might as well come on board, it's much brighter over here anyway.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Rick in Florida

    1968 all over again. THANKS HILLARY. Your selfishness and ego-driven insistence to stay in the campaign (hoping someone will GET to Obama, just like RFK in 1968) will destroy the Party and give the election to McCain, when it should have been a SLAM DUNK for Dems this year. Your overt racism, your pathetic "victim-hood", and your callous disregard for the truth have destroyed any hopes for a decent Clinton "legacy".....and its your own fault. GOOD RIDDANCE.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Something Else

    I guess they don't believe in abiding by the rules, Mrs Clinton would not be pushing the issue if the shoe was on the other foot. I guess abiding by the rules only works when it it's in her favor. Setting bad examples. what about the next time around can every state break the rules and have their primaries when they want and not be penalized!!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Kathy in Michigan

    This reminds me of the photos of the "Protest" to stop the recount in Florida. The people in the photograph all turned out to be appointees by Karl Rove.

    I had the understanding that in our society we follow rules and their are consequences for not following the rules. The DNC cannot change the rules at this late date or they will set a precedent for breaking the rules in coming years. Senator Clinton is using this situation to gain the numbers. She was not concerned in October when she signed the pledge, she was not concerned when they had their early primaries. This is a totally disingenuous attempt to gain what she wants, unfortunately it is dividing the party and will not help her win.

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. american in canada

    as an obama supporter, i would like to extend a virtual olive branch to all of hillary's supporters (including my father). in the end, we are all democrats and in order to prevent our recession turning into a depression, our war in iraq turning into a war in iran, more of our brave soldiers returning in body bags, and gas jumping to $10 per gallon, we NEED TO UNITE and support our nominee (whomever that might be). this country cannot afford to have another republican in the white house. let's change this country for the better.
    democrats 08&12!

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Extinct

    Good for Hillary and Obama. May the best man, I mean person, win!

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. If not Hillary....then McCain

    So what will the slogan be...Do NOT COUNT ALL THE VOTES! Play by the RULES COMMITTEE AND DNC RULES, DO NOT UPHOLD OUR FREEDOM TO VOTE? Once again it is a matter of manuvering. I only hope Hillary's campaign continues on offense and the rights of the AMERICAN people. When you see something (ie the caucuses) does not work, and are not representing the people's voices, it is time to reevaluate the system. Looks like Obama supporters are "stealing" the protest idea from Hillary supporters doesn't it?

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    Whatever. The only slight anything I would give Clinton and her husband is a slight kick out of the race. Fl and MI shouldn't count, 48 other states followed the rules, why should they be allowed to break them and still be rewarded?

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Shannon

    it's so disgusting that Obama and his supporters don't want every vote to count. It reminds me of George Bush. Of course what do you expect from a man who missed 40% of his votes, votes for the Cheney Energy bill, plays the race card constantly, has a wife who calls America a mean country that she's not proud of. His supporters spew hatred and insults in every post and call it hope and change. God help us if this horrible man wins. I feel like this is George Bush all over again. The media picked our candidate, and people are to stupid to go look at his pathetic record. I ask people who support Obama how he voted on a specific issue, and they have no clue. It's truly frightening how cult like they all are.

    I print out a lot of the hate filled comments here to show people what the campaign of hope and change is really about. I urge everyone to vote for Hillary, write her name in. Show people what this horrible campaign is really about. Obama supporters, who say they want to unite America, cannot post without insulting America and the people who support Clinton. Is this what we want in our President, a hate filled petty man.

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Ratgurl

    So I'm curious... is the Clinton campaign paying for the bussing of these protesters? & if so, with whose money? She's BROKE! Just like the rest of the country.

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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