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The Next Clinton Battleground: DNC Rules Committee Meeting

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What you'll see televised from the DNC's Rules and By-laws Committee meeting on Saturday, May 31, will be a swarm of irate Hillary Backers carrying signs and protesting any possible outcome of the Mich./Fl. debacle other than a no-fault decision with the votes going to HRC. She needs 'em. And she needs the rules changed, despite the fact that she agreed with the DNC's decision last fall. But that was when she was still "inevitable".

While Camp Clinton bats their collective baby blues and denies organizing a mini-mob scene to influence the decision (Those pesky volunteers do the darnedest things without any encouragement!), they've been actively urging Clinton supporters to pressure the DNC to fix the game Hillary's Way.

What you won't see is a swarm of irate Obama supporters protesting the protesters or anything else. Not that there weren't thousands of on-line members of My.BO ready to go at the first hint of the Clinton Crowd's descending on D.C. All of them were as passionate as Hillary supporters. Many of them were just as angry. With an on-line organization as large Obama's, his volunteers, with a little encouragement, could have overrun the city.

They got no such encouragement. What Obama volunteers got from HQ was a clear message: Do not go. Do not protest. Do not pressure the DNC. This is not who we are. We are about changing this kind of political posturing. There are better ways, more positive ways, to use your time. Phone banking. Canvassing. Registering new voters.

Whether he liked them or not, Senator Obama played by the DNC's rules in Michigan and Florida. Senator Clinton thought the rules were just fine so long as she was front runner and destined to win the nomination. The specter of losing compels Hillary to change the rules.

Of course, she's not playing this bait and switch game only because she has to win this thing any way she can--she's the new, improved populist who cannot bear the thought of a single vote not counting for all it's worth. Not a one.

Unless it's a caucus state vote.