CNN Senior Political Correspondent
Important things to note about Michigan and Florida delegates:
- More important than how many delegates are seated from Michigan and Florida is how many are seated for whom. The party staff memo is neutral on this subject. It will be decided in Saturday’s meeting. Hillary won both states so she clearly hopes more will be seated for her so she can get closer (though she will not surpass) Obama in elected pledged delegates to strengthen her argument to superdelegates that she should be nominee.
- The internal democratic party memo (to be used as the parameters of Saturday’s discussion) says that party rules AUTOMATICALLY punish rule-breaking states by voiding AT LEAST 50 percent of the delegates. Currently 100 percent of the delegates have been disallowed by rules committee. The party staff memo found that to be legal under party rules. But everyone agrees the 100 percent punishment will not stand. The 50 percent punishment is "most likely” according to two members of rules and bylaws committee (one Hillary backer another an Obama backer)... But whole committee decides Saturday.
- A 50 percent reduction in delegates could mean half the delegates from Michigan and Florida would not go to Denver or all delegates will go and get half a vote.
And finally, from the beginning everyone knew that these delegations would be seated in some fashion. Party can’t afford to alienate two delegate rich states.
Flight attendant giving evil eye–that’s all from Vegas... Will attempt Obama reaction in Colorado.