by Andre Walker, Sat May 03, 2008 at 01:06:55 AM EDT
On May 31st, the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee (RBC) will meet to possibly correct its error in stripping two of the largest states in the union, Florida & Michigan, of their voting rights at the Democratic National Convention.
As we move closer to that "red-letter date", more and more people -- from the media to regular citizens -- will be looking for any kind of sign as an indicator of where the members of the RBC may be leaning in regards to restoring the voting rights of the Sunshine State and the Wolverine State.
At this moment, twenty-one RBC members have endorsed either Clinton or Obama and nine members are still "official undeclared/undecided." Below is a chart of who's supporting whom:
|Hillary Clinton (13)||Barack Obama (8)||Undeclared/Undecided (9)|
|Harold Ickes (Washington, D.C.)||Allan Katz (Florida)||Alexis Herman (Washington, D.C.)|
|Donald Fowler (South Carolina)||Carol Khare Fowler (South Carolina)||James Roosevelt, Jr. (Massachusetts)|
|Elizabeth Smith (Washington, D.C.)||Janice Griffin (Virginia)||Donna Brazille (Washington, D.C.)|
|Hartina Flournoy (Washington, D.C.)||Thomas Hynes (Illinois)||Mark Brewer (Michigan)|
|Alice Huffman (California)||Sharon Stroschein (South Dakota)||Ralph Dawson (New York)|
|Ben Johnson (Washington, D.C.)||Everett Ward (North Carolina)||Alice Germond (Washington, D.C.)|
|Elaine Kamarck (Massachusetts)||Sarah Swisher (Iowa)||David McDonald (state of Washington)|
|Eric Kleinfeld (Washington, D.C.)||Martha Fuller Clark (New Hampshire)||Jerome Wiley Segovia (Virginia)|
|Mona Pasquil (California)||Yvonne Gates (Nevada)|
|Mame Reiley (Virginia)|
|Garry Shay (California)|
|Michael Steed (Washington, D.C.)|
|Jaime Gonzalez, Jr. (Texas)|
I think it's important to note, however, that while twenty-one RBC members have pledged to vote for Clinton or Obama at the Democratic Convention, those pledges may not necessarily translate into votes in favor of their preferred candidate's position on the question of Florida & Michigan.
The DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee (RBC) is probably the most powerful and the most influential committee within the DNC. Membership on the committee isn't just handed out to anyone. Those on the RBC are the DNC members who will put the Democratic Party above all else. So, in essence, arguments could be made either way that restoring the voting rights of Florida & Michigan or not restoring those states' voting rights helps or hinders the Democratic Party.
The only sure thing about the May 31st RBC meeting is that it'll be most interesting.