Monday, July 14, 2008

The literal "rules"

I am providing this information because readers have asked me where they can find out what "the rules" for the convention are. This is a link to a document published by the Democratic Party on February 2, 2007: "Call for the 2008 Democratic National Convention". The document purports to state the rules governing the convention. I have no idea how or whether these rules may be amended prior to the convention; nor do I know what redress rank and file Democrats can seek if the rules are not followed. As I have written before, when it comes to the rules of a private organization, that organization has tremendous latitude in interpreting and applying them. That said, you can try your own hand at interpretion by performing a google search for "Call for the 2008 Democratic National Convention" and downloading the pdf file found at F 2008 D N C.
(Depending upon your computer, simply clicking on that filename here will download the file.)

3 Comments:

Blogger gendergappers said...

Don't let this info get lost in all the other news.

Dem Superdelegates Rule After All

By Craig Crawford | July 14, 2008 6:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (17)

There was a time months ago -- when Hillary Rodham Clinton led the Democratic nomination race -- that party superdelegates were the bad guys according to the rhetoric coming out of Barack Obama's camp.

Obama supporters trashed the unelected, automatic and unpledged delegates as undemocratic autocrats when it looked as though they might put Clinton over the top. Not anymore.

With the dust settled on the primary season, one thing is clear: Obama is the presumed nominee thanks only to superdelegates. He never did win enough pledged delegates to reach the winning number, falling about 350 votes short. His expected victory stems from beating Clinton among superdelegates 463-257, according to a tally on Real Clear Politics.

All the more reason for Obama to make sure that there is no roll call including Clinton's name on the ballot at the national convention -- which a few die hard fans of the former First Lady are still clamoring for.

Why highlight just how close the Democratic contest really was? And there is certainly no gain for Obama in dwelling on how he had to depend on superdelegates to win the nomination.

July 14, 2008 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous diana said...

Thanks for the link, Heidi. This will take some serious reading, but my first two thoughts were:
1- Fractal math and algorithms! (Geez), and
2- "On paper", we should - I said SHOULD - all have a voice. Presumably that will be the case. Still, Hillary Clinton will need a sea-wave of ground support clamoring for her, if she is to risk her political neck pursuing the nomination at this point. I hope we can deliver.

Two items caught my eye: the descriptions for the Rules Committee and for the Credentials Committee, as follows:

I. Rules Committee:

1. The Rules Committee shall issue a report to the Democratic National Convention
recommending the Permanent Rules of the Convention, the Convention agenda, the
permanent officers of the Democratic National Convention, amendments to the Charter of
the Democratic Party of the United States, and resolutions providing for the consideration
of any other matter not provided for in the Permanent Rules of the Convention and not
contained in the reports of other standing committees. The foregoing notwithstanding, no
amendment to the Charter of the Democratic Party shall be effective unless and until it is
subsequently ratified by a vote of the majority of the entire membership of the Democratic National Committee.

x x x

J. Credentials Committee and Procedures for Challenging Delegates or State Delegations:

1. The Credentials Committee shall determine and resolve questions concerning the seating
of delegates and alternates to the Convention pursuant to the resolution entitled the
“Relationship Between the 2008 Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee and
the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules,” which includes the “Rules of Procedure of the
Credentials Committee of the 2008 Democratic National Convention” hereby approved
and adopted by the Democratic National Committee, and set forth in full in the Appendix
to this Call. The committee shall report to the Convention for final determination and
resolution of all such questions. This committee does not have authority over the
allocation and distribution of convention credentials, including passes for delegates,
alternates, guests or press.

xxx

July 14, 2008 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there! Thanks for your efforts on behalf of Sen. Clinton. I am a die hard supporter.

Is there any way that regular Clinton supporters, other than giving money for advertising, can get involved in demanding her name be on the ballot at the convention?

July 14, 2008 at 11:29 AM  

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