I am off to DC to attend Saturday’s meeting of the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee. I will be an eyewitness to history as the committee decides whether delegates from Florida and Michigan should be seated at the national convention in Denver.
The next act in the long-running Clinton-Obama drama will unfold at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. This is not one of Marriott’s cookie-cutter properties. The hotel’s historic elegance and charm stand in the stark contrast to the unappetizing mess on the committee’s plate.
While there will be only 500 spectators inside the meeting room, thousands are expected on the outside the hotel. WomenCount, a political action committee that backs Hillary Clinton, has organized a “Count Our Vote ‘08” rally. Speakers at the daylong event will include:
- Congresswoman Corrine Brown
- Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones
- Rev. Marcia L. Dyson
- Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women
Karen Feldman said:
We are very excited about the amount of support we are receiving from many prominent elected officials and organization leaders. These officials are as committed as we are to seeing that every vote cast in this election is counted fairly and proportionally. They realize how high the stakes are if, once again, millions of voters feel their votes have been disregarded.
The rally will be emceed by Jehmu Greene, former president of Rock the Vote, who added:
My entire adult life has been dedicated to registering and inspiring young people to get involved and vote. This is a logical continuation of that work. How can we even think of ignoring 2.4 million voters in an election this close? We must move away from the dangerous precedent of allowing small groups of people to determine the outcome of elections.
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe dismissed the rally as "a scene" and "a spectacle." Plouffe told reporters:
We don't think it's a helpful dynamic to create chaos.
One camp’s “chaos” is the other camp’s democracy in action. Indeed, Plouffe’s remarks evoke the Republican game plan for the 2000 Florida election debacle.
Back then, James Baker urged the courts to stop the recount because it was creating “chaos” in the streets. But Baker’s street fighters, including Roger Stone and the Brooks Brothers riot squad, ginned up the chaos.
CNN will stream live coverage of the rules committee hearing, starting at 9:30am ET here.