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BREAKING: Dean wants closure by July 1
politico.com ^ | 20080328 | Ben Smith

Posted on 03/28/2008 7:17:47 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar

A potential game-changer from CBS News and "The Early Show." Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says he wants superdelegates to make a decision by JULY 1 -- the most specific he has been in his effort to prod the party to decide between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton before the Democratic National Convention in late August.

Harry Smith asked if after the nominating contests end with the South Dakota and Montana primaries on June 3, "Do you want the superdelegates to have some sort of vote immediately so that you'll know months in advance of the convention what the outcome is?”

Dean replied: “Well, I think the superdelegates have already been weighing in. I think that there's 800 of them and 450 of them have already said who they're for. I'd like the other 350 to say who they're at some point between now and the first of July so we don't have to take this into the convention.”

An aide explains that July 1 is not a drop-dead deadline: "The point is before the convention, ideally in June."

Dean has been criticized for not taking a heavier hand in ending the bruising contest.

The aide elaborates on the chairman's thinking: "Dean is personally engaged in this process, he's had numerous conversations with over 60 leaders inside and outside of the Democratic Party, to hear their thoughts, get their input and encourage them to help reinforce the importance of keeping the party united behind our nominee in November. ... He does not want to discuss those conversations publicly because in Washington, you can work behind the scenes and not worry about getting credit and actually get something done -- or you can talk about it in the press and not get anything done. But ... he wants to see this resolved before the convention and will encourage the superdelegates to make their choice known once the voters in the remaining states have had their say."

In an interview with AP's Nedra Pickler, Dean also made it clear he wants to get the show on the road. "There'll be some nasty fights if it goes to convention, and people will walk out," he told Nedra. "But I've also been talking to a fairly significant number of, by and large, nonaligned people about how we might resolve this." Nedra adds: "Dean wouldn't talk in detail about what the plan is, but it likely involves encouraging superdelegates to pick a candidate shortly after the voting ends."

So June 3-July 1 is your window, ladies and gents.

Full Harry Smith interview apres le jump.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; chaos; notbreaking

1 posted on 03/28/2008 7:17:48 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
8:57AM thread
2 posted on 03/28/2008 7:20:24 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we want Huma answering the White House phone at 3:00 AM?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

So if he does not get this is he going to do his Dean yell thing again? bwahahaha!
Keeping popcorn handy this Dem selection process has been fun this year.


3 posted on 03/28/2008 7:21:31 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Jet Jaguar

Too bad this idiot Dean decided to move the Convention back, A MONTH, to prevent Hillary’s ‘Peaking Too Early” like Kerry did.

No matter WHAT happens, a significant part of the Democrat base is staying home now.


4 posted on 03/28/2008 7:23:57 AM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

The Democratic process be damned, someone needs to just be declared the winner.

Fidel Dean at it again.


5 posted on 03/28/2008 7:25:22 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Jet Jaguar

Coin flip?


6 posted on 03/28/2008 7:27:17 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Slapshot68
Howsama bin Deano! This is like FLorida, Howard. The votes must be counted! Then recounted. Then recounted again, and again.....The truth is out there somewhere, Howard.
7 posted on 03/28/2008 7:27:33 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (A Conditional Constitutional Right is not really a right.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

If Hillary is seen as stealing the nomination from Obama, there will be fireworks of a very different kind come July 4


8 posted on 03/28/2008 7:27:35 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom ("My advice: Quit supporting the party that is symbolized by an ass." Ted Nugent)
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To: Slapshot68

Dean has no power with the Dems....LOL LOL LOL


9 posted on 03/28/2008 7:27:38 AM PDT by JaneNC (I)
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To: Jet Jaguar
“There'll be some nasty fights if it goes to convention, and people will walk out,”

Operation Chaos:)

10 posted on 03/28/2008 7:28:23 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: ASA Vet; Admin Moderator

My bad. Search for exact same title yielded no results.

Mod please delete.


11 posted on 03/28/2008 7:28:44 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Always Right
Coin flip?

Hillary: Heads I win, tails you lose?

Obama: You think I was born yesterday?

Hillary: OK, tails you lose, heads I win?

Obama: OK, deal!

12 posted on 03/28/2008 7:29:22 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Slapshot68

A LOT of Democrats, especially in the Blogosphere, are in a complete panic over this situation.

They expected to be in FULL hate-Republican mode by now, not cutting each others throats. They are watching thier 2008 hopes slide away in a toilet of racism and avarice, while thier “Issues” (Whatever the hell that happens to be), are no longer getting any traction in the media.

Who cares about saving the Colorado Sniveling Snot Rat, when thier is a bruising fight to cover?

While the two camps fight it out, no one is sending money in to the issue groups. Those DC Mansions aren’t cheap, you know..


13 posted on 03/28/2008 7:32:31 AM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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To: Always Right

14 posted on 03/28/2008 7:32:39 AM PDT by Bobalu (What do I know, I'm a Typical White Guy)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"We'll have closure by July 1st!! YEEEEEEAAAAAAGH!!!!!!"


15 posted on 03/28/2008 7:33:03 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: tcrlaf

“Who cares about saving the Colorado Sniveling Snot Rat, when thier is a bruising fight to cover?”

GOOD one! That is funny.


16 posted on 03/28/2008 7:35:32 AM PDT by ProfessorGage
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To: Jet Jaguar

Looks like Howard Dean is going to dictate who the Dem nominee is.


17 posted on 03/28/2008 7:37:06 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Jet Jaguar
Related info here Althouse reporting anecdotal evidence of Obama Precinct Captains failing to notify Hilary delegates of the time and place of their conventions.

Thos wacky dems. It's like they're making it up as they go along! Fizbin!

18 posted on 03/28/2008 7:37:42 AM PDT by Dutchgirl ("All you need to know about Obama is this: Farrakhan really wants him to be president."-Feder)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Yeeeaarrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh!”


19 posted on 03/28/2008 7:39:04 AM PDT by weegee (Famous moments in history: March 18th, 2008 “I have a bridge (to sell you)...” - Barack H. Obama)
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To: Jet Jaguar

But Hillary still has to find her “inner child”. No closure till she has the nomination in hand.


20 posted on 03/28/2008 7:40:12 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Dutchgirl

Kirk: “Except on Tuesday...”


21 posted on 03/28/2008 7:41:22 AM PDT by kromike
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To: Jet Jaguar
What ever happened to the convention being a time to fight it out and the best person wins ??
The Obama media want it to be Prom night ! These radical leftists Obama media experts are destroying this country.
22 posted on 03/28/2008 7:42:32 AM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Jet Jaguar

23 posted on 03/28/2008 7:47:28 AM PDT by Fawn (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?r=1&ean=9781604743708)
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