Disenfranchised Decision Makers? Fight for Fla., Mich.

"The whole thing is a mess," said Rhodes Cook, author of the book "The Presidential Nominating Process" and a newsletter on national politics.

"Florida is the third largest state in terms of electoral votes … and Sen. John Kerry won Michigan by only three points," Cook said. "These are big prizes in the fall that either party could win and will be strongly contested -- the Democratic Party doesn't want to alienate tens of thousands of potential Democratic voters."

Clinton Needs Delegate Boost

The Clinton campaign has continued to make seating of the disputed delegates a central issue in her ongoing nomination fight, likening the battle to the 2000 election Florida recount battle.

"It is the position that recognizes the vote of 2.3 million people, which just cannot be blithely swept aside as the Obama campaign apparently has been willing to do, month after month after month," senior Clinton campaign adviser Harold Ickes told reporters on a conference call Wednesday.

Ickes is a member of the committee and voted last year to strip Florida and Michigan of their delegates.

That change of opinion is not lost on Allan Katz, a Florida city commissioner and rules and bylaws committee member who is supporting Obama.

"I was sitting right next to Harold [Ickes] when he voted to take all the votes away from Florida and Michigan," said Katz.

"Fast forward many month, many votes and millions of dollars later and that has changed," he said.

Katz would like to see the delegates split down the middle but would entertain "some acknowledgement of the result" to appease Clinton's supporters on the panel, including Ickes, and senior Clinton campaign adviser Tina Flournoy, also a member of the rules and bylaws committee.

The committee includes 13 members who are supporting Clinton and eight who are supporting Obama. The remaining nine are undeclared.

The Obama campaign originally wanted a 50-50 split of the delegates between Clinton and himself but said Wednesday that it would be willing to compromise on the configuration of how to award the Florida and Michigan delegations.

"I think the Clinton campaign is out there saying 'no compromise, only 100 percent' -- we're willing to compromise and I think that's where most of the party is," Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager, told reporters on a conference call Wednesday.

"We have fought hard all throughout the country for delegates and the fact that we are willing to essentially seat her delegates we do not think is an insignificant gesture on our part," Plouffe said.

However the move will push Obama farther away from reaching the magic number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. Giving the Florida and Michigan delegates half a vote would increase the number of overall delegates Obama needs to get the nomination by about 25 or 35 delegates.

Many of the panel members who spoke with ABC News maintained that they want the outcome to be viewed as fair and ultimately something that helps the party move past the protracted delegate dispute.

"We would like to respect the process, help accommodate the two states who violated the rules but also unify the party," said Donna Brazile, a panel member and ABC News contributor. "I don't have a donkey in this battle -- just my conscience."

"It would be very troublesome for the Democratic National Committee to put her over the top in a committee meeting," said Huffman.

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