The Washington Times - May 31, 2008, 10:50AM

The DNC’s rules and bylaws hearing is under way, and so far it’s more process than protest. There was a long discussion about the meaning of the word “shall,” for example. I can’t say the same for the scene outside.

The folks shouting “What do we want? Democracy! When do we want it? Now!” are a far cry from the thousands some had predicted would be rallying outisde the Marriot. But they have been here since the wee hours.


When photogenius Rod Lamkey and I pulled in at 7:40 a.m. there were several hundred. That’s grown to at least 1,000, and it’s a loud group.

Inside the hearing, things got briefly rowdy when Rep. Robert Wexler refused to say whether he suppored the seating of the full Florida delegation at full voting strength at the convention. He parsed his words, and the Clinton supporters in the room heckled.

But mostly, the raucous applause here so far has been when Democrats mention party unity and winning the White House in November.


Here’s some video I took of the scene outside this morning:
























Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times