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Nelson: Any resolution to Florida delegate debacle "at least another couple of months" away

Bill Nelson says he sees no quick resolution to seating Florida's delegates.

Nelson, who backs Hillary Clinton, said today on C-Span's Newsmakers that neither Clinton nor Barack Obama are willing to entertain a compromise.

"Right now both of these candidates are looking at any offer of compromises through the lens of whether it advantages them or disadvantages them," Nelson said. "Neither one of them is ready to agree....

"I think we're in a stalemate for at least another couple of months, until the course of these primaries and caucuses have run," Nelson said.

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alison

Sen. Nelson tried to sue the DNC last October 2007 to get them to recognize the Jan 29th primary after the DNC turned down an appel last August 2007-

He lost that lawsuit --

So what kind of leadership has Sen Nelson shown in this (or frankly any other issues) since being our Senator. When they lost the lawsuit last October no one made an issue because they thought Hillary was "inevitable" on Feb 5th--

Well SURPRISE!

I for one voted for Nelson because he was a deomcrat - nothing more. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for me.

WHERE IS BOB GRAHAM - he made us so proud.
This state needs a statesman - we need someone we can be proud of the stand up for democratic values--

Sen Bill Nelson is as much to blame for the current mess in Florida's delegataion as anyone - and to now join Sen Clinton to try and point blame --

All he has to do is look in a mirror

jason

The Dumbacrats need to stop being...well dumb.
Let Obama and Clinton talk about the issues.
Then we can all agree that the worse thing for the party and the African Community is to elect a 1/2 black, 1/2 white, man who is a whole racist and antisemetic individual. Hmm you would think it was the Republicans...surprise its not its the Dumbacrats. Where is the 3rd party?

Stay home on this one

barbara levin

Matt Ygelsias
The Atlantic
March 30, 2008

One thing to note about Hillary Clinton's Florida and Michigan strategy is the utter selfishness of it. Her best shot at getting her way on this issue is to keep observing, in a meta kind of way, that if the DNC disses Florida and Michigan by not seating their delegates, that this could hurt Democratic fortunes in Florida and Michigan in November.

There are, however, any number of solutions to this problem. One, if Clinton dropped out and endorsed Obama, the delegates could be seated no problem. Two, 50-50 delegations could be seated without controversy, again removing the concern about MI and FL lacking representation. Three, leaders of the Democratic Party from all factions could reiterate that everybody knew the rules going in and the voters of Michigan and Florida have nobody to blame but their own state party leaders for creating this situation. But instead Clinton has chosen path four of deliberately setting up a train wreck, hoping that by credibly committing to the idea that she's happy to sink the party's fortunes in FL and MI if she doesn't get her way, she can thereby get her way.

Basically, it's the same old kind of threats you saw with her big dollar fundraisers -- either the Democratic Party needs to serve the narrow needs of the Clinton family, or else the Clinton family will do their best to hobble the party. It's not a very appealing kind of message and I have a hard time imagining it'll work in the end.

foots

For the 3:30 post alison needs to learn what it means to be a true Democrat.If the Democratic Party doesn't seat the delegates it won"t be SEN NELSON"s fault unlike Bob Graham he has at least tried while Bob sits at home a does nothing to help the people who helped him for all the years he was in office.When the 3:30 post gets older maybe they can speak with with some understanding what it is to be a real Democrat.

red

Nelson's big contribution was typical Dem--they made a mess of their primary with their own stupid rules that have come back to bite them, so now he wants to change our entire constitutional structure, claiming that's the problem. It's no wonder they can't fix anything else either.

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