While HuffPo, and those in the shrillosphere who still take it seriously, hyperventilate over the possibility that the Clinton campaign might push to have the Florida and Michigan delegates seated (something I oppose, although my solution- re-votes- was undermined by the Obama campaign), Craig Crawford offers a little reality-check (emphasis mine):
The mandatory penalties set forth by the Democratic National Committee’s delegate selection rules call for outlaw states like Florida and Michigan to only lose half of their delegates to the national convention. And yet the DNC went beyond its own rules to add further penalties, stripping those states of all delegates.
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And Crawford points out that Obama actually technically violated the Florida rules, by speaking to reporters after a Tampa fundraiser, and by airing television ads, on national cable networks. And what Crawford doesn't mention is that Obama coincidentally began airing the ads right before Florida. Not weeks beforehand, and not immediately after. Crawford again (emphasis his):
Strictly speaking, if the DNC rules were tightly construed in this case, Hillary Rodham Clinton would receive half of the Florida delegates she won and Obama would receive none -- the penalty for violating the campaign ban.
But the DNC's strict adherence to the rules- not to mention its going beyond the rules- only happens when it hurts Clinton and helps Obama. Curious, that. And who is going nuclear?