The Michigan Compromise?

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Mark Halperin has his hands on a compromise plan floated by some Michigan Democrats.

He writes:

Michigan’s 156 delegates would be split 50-50 between Clinton and Obama.

–Florida’s existing delegates would be seated at the Denver convention—but with half a vote each. That would give Clinton a net gain of about 19 elected delegates.

– The two states’ superdelegates would then be able to vote in Denver, likely netting Clinton a few more delegates.

To make this happen would require the same three-step process.

First, the rules and bylaws committee would have to handle it in some fashion. Then they'd punt it to the chairs of the credentials committee. Then the chairs would kick it to the full committee. Then the full committee would recommend it to the full Democratic National Convention.

Unless Howard Dean is willing to cross what has been his bright line -- the rules are the rules -- then there is no quicker way for such a compromise to take effect.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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