WASHINGTON--Under the deal being voted on by the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee on disputed Michgan and Florida delegates, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will be about only 30 votes short of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination. UPDATE Harold Ickes, committee member and Clinton advisor said the deal is flawed and "is not a good way" to yield party unity towards the November election. In a dramatic moment at the meeting, Ickes just said, "Mrs. Clinton has instructed me to reserve the right to take this to the Credential Committee." That means Clinton is threatening to take this to the Denver Democratic convention in August.
Amidst talk of unity, the compromise means the nominee will need 2,118 delegates--up from 2,026. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe estimates that after voting is over Sunday in Puerto Rico--and Tuesday's primaries in South Dakota and Montana Obama will have a wrap. Plouffe projects that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) will need to win 90 percent of the delegates in the remaining contests to come close.
The DNC Rules and Bylaws deal--which the Clinton forces are expected to reject--comes after a day long meeting here. The compromise is "not insignificant," said Plouffe.