UPDATED: The DNC-RBC Meeting
12:05 pm ET: The Florida speakers are just wrapping up. Florida state Senator Arthenia Joyner (for Clinton) and Congressman Robert Wexler (for Obama) were “on fire.” Very passionate remarks. It will be interesting to see if the Michigan speakers are as energetic. Of course, the Floridians may be excited because they know (or suspect) their situation is all but solved [h/t TMV Chief Joe G] … while in Michigan … well, who knows?
BREAKING: Is there a major compromise in the works on Michigan? The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports there is. We linked to his post earlier but Stein has now updated it. Here’s the beginning:
Sources with knowledge of the RBC’s inner dealings say a compromise is being crafted in which all of the candidates who took their names off of the state’s ballot would voluntarily agree that the now-uncommitted delegates would go to Obama, after which the state’s entire delegation would be seated.
The proposal, which two sources confirm has been discussed, would stand the greatest chance of passing: it would pacify Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, who has demanded that his state’s non-sanctioned January primary be fully honored; and it would circumvent the Clinton campaign’s insistence that party rules prevent simply assigning all of Michigan’s uncommitted delegates to Obama.
Read the entire HP post for details.
CNN.com is streaming the session live. As of 10:01 a.m. ET, Howard Dean was still talking with a less-than-rousing-but-still-oft-applauded speech about the strength of the party, volume of voter turnout, red states turning blue, need for unity, etc.
I’m unfortunately not in a position to live-blog the entire meeting, but I will try to check back in occasionally and offer some updates. Otherwise, if you’re not motivated to go into the office or work in the yard or do something else “productive,” you might find the CNN feed a semi-entertaining way to spend your time. Enjoy.