Donna Brazile before the DNC Rules Panel: "My Mama Taught Me to Play by the Rules"

Originally posted 2008-05-31 17:19:19 -0500; promoted -- GH

Crossposted from Docudharma

Perhaps the most poignant statement of today's DNC Rules Panel, was offered by Donna Brazile, Superdelegate and Panel Committee Member. Brazile's comment came as a counter to Governor Blanchard, Hillary Clinton supporter. Blanchard denies the Michigan election was a "flawed primary" as Congressman Bonior and others pointed out:

"You must NOT turn you back on our loyal state," said Blanchard. The candidates taking their names off the ballot "was a knowing, willing decision. It doesn't make the election flawed. It makes a flawed strategy."

Brazile, driving home the obvious, stated that "Changing the rules in the middle of the game is called cheating."

Donna Brazile: "My Mama Taught Me to Play by the Rules."

The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee convened this morning, after a heated late night meeting where a resolution could not be reached.

Representatives from both the Hillary and Obama campaigns made their cases before the committee regarding seating the Florida and Michigan delegates.

Florida Representive Wexler delivered an impassioned testimony on behalf of the Obama campaign making the point, that both Obama and Hillary, pledged not to campaign in Florida, thus it was "not a normal primary." Wexler announced the Obama campaign's support for the Ausman Petition that would award Clinton a net of 19 delegates, a very generous offer by the Obama campaign.

Representative Wexler Testifies Before the DNC Rules Panel

Wexler stated: "We must find a resolve this situation so that Florida may participate in this historic nominating process that will soon come to a close."

"Sen. Obama should be commended for his willingness to offer this extraordinary concession. "

The Florida situation is more clear cut as all of the candidates were on the ballot and a compromise will likely will be reached, with ease.

This is not the case with Michigan, where Edwards, Obama, Biden and Richardson, all removed their names from the ballot out of respect for the DNC rules. Hillary chose to remain on the ballot while simultaneously holding the the position that 'Michigan votes would not count,' a position that Congressman Bonior reminded the panel of today.

Clinton Defends Michigan Ballot Stand

"It's clear, this election they're having is not going to count for anything," Clinton said Thursday during an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio's call-in program, "The Exchange."

Congressman Bonior of Michigan, former Edwards campaign manager, testifying on behalf of the Obama campaign, also pointed out that the Michigan primary was flawed and proposed that the delegates for Michigan be split evenly.

Congressman Bonior Before the DNC Rules Panel: MI Delegates Should be Split Evenly

Jennifer Palmieri, longtime spokeswoman for John Edwards, "told NBC News' Chuck Todd that Edwards said he believed that the 40 percent of Michigan's vote that was "uncommitted" should go to Obama."

As protestors continue to cheer, boo and wave their signs, the DNC Panel is to reconvene momentarily where the debate will rage on.

[Update]: The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to admit all FL and MI delegates with half a vote.

Harold Ickes, Hillary Supporter, who voted to oppose the MI resolution, closed his remarks with the statement, "Hillary reserves the right to take Mrs Clinton has asked me to reserve her rights to take this to the credentials committee."

The Hillary campaign immediately issued a statement confirming Ickes' statement.

Hillary's threat to take the fight to the convention, flies in the face of warnings from numerous party elders, including Jimmy Carter, John Edwards, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, etc

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A motion to give FL all delegates has been made. Discussion on this is wrapping up and a vote is about to be held.

until recently, she was a member of the right wing group, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. At the height of his power, Brazile liked to talk to Karl Rove once a week. Just saying. Actions speak louder than words. She's just part of the political machinery in Washington, more interested in her own power, so take anything she says with a grain of salt and understand it's about HER not about the candidates.

So what's she's saying is she sees more opportunity for herself with Obama than Clinton. That's all her words mean.

What part of her comments today do you disagree with?

I think you missed my point. What she says has no meaning. Anything Donna Brazile says or does is about furthering her own connections in Washington's political circles. Don't be fooled into thinking she "cares." She doesn't.

My own opinion, Florida and Michigan ignored the party and moved their primary. End result, the delegates should not be seated. Harsh but them's the rules.

Changing the rules in the middle of the game is cheating.

Do you not agree with that? It really doesn't matter who said it. Attacking the messenger doesn't diminish the message.

Regardless, the committee voted in a pretty fair resolution, imo.

Why did she need to speak at all? Because she's African American? A political player? A Washington insider? Give me one good reason that her opinion actually matters.

No, she spoke because she wants a place in Barack Obama's White House. That worries me.

Look back at Al Gore's campaign and then look at where Joe Lieberman is today. 'Nuff said.

PS I just want to say that I appreciate your coverage of the hearings.

That's why she spoke today, as did other committee members.

And, thanks! Glad to cover the meeting. I found it very interesting.

It wasn't fair to the voters who stayed home thinking their vote would not be counted.

This whole frikkin' election has been corrupt from day one.

There were many who didn't vote because they were told their votes wouldn't count. Hillary herself even said, MI would not count for anything.

But, I think they tried to take them into account as well.

It really was a mess. A flawed primary.