Florida, Michigan delegates given half-seats

Sunday, June 1st, 2008 - 6:57 pm PDT

In a literally uncomfortable compromise solution, the Rules Committee of the Democratic Party voted this weekend to allocate delegates from Florida and Michigan half-seats at this summer’s national convention. “We want every state’s votes to count,” said DNC Chairman Howard Dean, “but these states willfully broke party rules and cannot go unpunished.” Dean expressed the committee’s hope that having Florida and Michigan’s delegates seated at the convention, but forced to squeeze in two-to-a-chair through three days of longwinded speeches will maintain the inclusivity of the party while making these states think twice before breaking party rules in future primary seasons.