Credentials Committee: 186 Members

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I just noticed this Politico story about the DNC's credentials committee. I don't usually point out other reporters' typos, but one key fact is wrong, and since I fashion myself a bit obsessed with the delegate selection process, here goes:

There are 186 members of the committee, not 169. 25 are appointed by DNC chairman Howard Dean, and the rest -- an additional 169 -- are chosen by the campaigns themselves according to a complex formula. The size of the committee will not be reduced even though Florida and Michigan are not participating as delegate-producing bodies, according to a DNC spokesperson. Florida and Michigan WILL be represented on the credentials committee.

As I've written before, Barack Obama is likely to have a working plurality on the committee if you assume that most of the Dean-appointed members will enforce the rules strictly and decide not to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations as is. Clinton will have plenty of votes for a "minority report."

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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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