Seating the Florida and Michigan delegates moves the Democratic nomination process that much closer to a conclusion. Today, the Michigan Democratic party agreed on a proposal to spit the pledged delegates and seat the 29 superdelegates.
The delegation, stripped of its convention credentials when state party leaders scheduled a Jan. 15 primary in violation of national rules, could finally be seated under a compromise the state party's executive committee endorsed Wednesday night.
Under that proposal -- hammered out weeks ago by Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell -- Sen. Hillary Clinton would get 69 of the state's delegates and Sen. Barack Obama, 59.
The compromise would cut only slightly into Obama's lead. The Illinois senator has 1,846.5 delegates to Clinton's 1,696, according to the Associated Press.
The proposal also would seat the state's 29 superdelegates.
The proposal essentially splits the difference between the 73 delegates Clinton won under state party rules in the disallowed primary -- Obama had taken his name off the ballot -- and an Obama proposal to award each candidate half the delegates.
State Party Chairman Mark Brewer said he was directed during a conference call with the state party's 80-member executive committee Wednesday night to bring the plan as a challenge to the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws panel when it meets May 31 in Washington.
The 10 delegate advantage gained by Clinton is inconsequential on the overall scheme of things, so I suspect there will be little opposition -- or at least little visible opposition -- from the Obama camp. Obama needs to take the high road from here on out, and act the part of the presumptive nominee. If he squabbles and fights he'll only invite the same in return.
He keeps promising he has the ability to bridge divides. Hopefully he'll demonstrate that ability here.
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