I was tipped by the Humboldt Democrats blog that the changes to the DNC Delegate Selection Plan had been hammered out by the Rules and Bylaws Committee, so I went looking for more information. Nothing at the DNC web site. They’re still talking about the nomination of Elena Kagan and passage of the Health Care “Reform” bill. Not quite current. I found this press release, repeated in a couple of places.
July 10, 2010 – Over the past two days, the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee has worked to make significant progress towards finalizing the Party’s 2012 delegate selection rules. As part of its efforts, the RBC has voted to recommend to DNC members a plan that would increase by approximately 700 the number of pledged delegates elected from the states, the District of Columbia and territories. In doing so, the plan would increase the proportional influence of pledged delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention from approximately 80 percent in 2008 to approximately 85 percent in 2012.
That’s it? Adding 700 pledged delegates? Bumping their influence from 80 to 85%? The number of superdelegates remains the same.
The rules included in the proposed plan would also provide for unpledged delegates declaring their Presidential preferences no later than a date certain – which will be shortly after the conclusion of the presidential nominating process in their respective states, territories and in the District of Columbia.
Unpledged delegates (that would be super delegates) must declare their presidential preference by the end of their respective state’s nominating process. That “end” is each state’s state convention, not the primary, as many people think. For instance, in Nevada, our 2008 caucus was January 18, 2008, but then we had our county conventions in March, followed by our state convention in April. Iowa follows the same sort of plan. As far as declaring one’s Presidential Preference, uncommitted is a viable preference to declare, so I’m not sure how that changes much of anything for superdelegates. Further, superdelegates (as with regular delegates) may “pledge” to a candidate, but they are certainly free to change their minds and/or vote their conscience. Again. No real change here.
DemRulz has done the yeoman’s work on this, covering the RBC’s meetings. Please note, what follows are all just recommendations by the RBC and still need to be adopted by the full DNC in August. We’ll see how that goes. Continue reading