VII(J)(1), VII(J)(2), VII(J)(3), and VII(J)(4):
J. Credentials Committee and Procedures for Challenging Delegates or State Delegations:
1. The Credentials Committee shall determine and resolve questions concerning the seating of delegates and alternates to the Convention pursuant to the resolution entitled the “Relationship Between the 2008 Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee and the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules,” which includes the “Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee of the 2008 Democratic National Convention” hereby approved and adopted by the Democratic National Committee, and set forth in full in the Appendix to this Call. The committee shall report to the Convention for final determination and resolution of all such questions. This committee does not have authority over the allocation and distribution of convention credentials, including passes for delegates, alternates, guests or press.
2. Challenges to the seating of any delegate or alternate shall be in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee. Any challenge to the seating of a delegate or alternate that is not made in conformity with these rules shall be deemed waived.
3. Upon the request of members representing twenty percent (20%) of the total votes of the Credentials Committee, a minority report shall be prepared for distribution to the Convention delegates and alternates as part of the committee’s report; provided, however, that no member elected to the committee by a state delegation may join in such request as to a proposed minority report relating to a credentials challenge to any delegate or alternate from his or her state. The committee staff shall assist in the preparation of such report.
4. The report of the Credentials Committee and any minority reports shall be distributed to all delegates, alternates, and the public as soon as practicable after their adoption.
and VIII(B)(1) and VIII(B)(2):
B. Temporary Roll:
1. The Secretary of the Democratic National Committee shall determine a Temporary Roll of delegates to the Convention which shall consist only of those persons selected and certified as delegates in accordance with the Rules and pursuant to this Call, unless a credentials contest shall have arisen with respect to any such person(s), in which case the Secretary shall include on the Temporary Roll the name of the credentials contestant recommended for inclusion by the Credentials Committee in its report.
2. Persons whose names are included on the Temporary Roll of delegates shall be permitted to vote on all matters before the Convention until after the adoption of the report of the Credentials Committee; provided that no person shall be permitted to vote on his or her credentials contest.
What this boils down to:
There are two sets of “superdelegates.” There are automatic delegates to the Credentials Committee described in VII(J) and largely appointed by Howard Dean. There are a different set of automatic delegates to the Democratic convention described in VIII(B) that everyone has been talking to. Both might be able to use the VII(J) vote to constrain the VIII(B) vote. For instance, consider if Obama’s lead is small enough, or his credibility is shot enough, that he fears superdelegates who would ultimately vote for him wished to see Michigan and Florida seated. In which case, he could use his VII(J) delegates and Democratic Chairman Howard Dean’s superdelegaets to sit phony Michigan and Florida delegations. When Clinton’s delegates’ minority report is challenged on the floor, his phony Michigan delegation could vote in favor of this phony Florida delegation, and then his phony Florida delegation could vote in favor of his phony Michigan delegation.
Assuming the votes and caucuses end without a clear winner, then nothing new will be really known until after the Olympics in August. Nothing firm will happen between the June Puerto Rico vote and the August convention. It could be an interesting summer.