From the CBS News Horserace blog:
Barack Obama has sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Democratic National Convention's Credentials Committee urging them to pass a resolution allowing the Democratic delegations from Florida and Michigan to be fully represented at the Democratic National Convention. ... [Obama wrote in the letter:] "As a candidate for the nomination, I supported the DNC's efforts to establish and enforce a schedule for primaries and caucuses that would broaden the opportunity for Democrats from all regions of the country and all backgrounds and walks of life to have a meaningful voice. ... As we prepare to come together in Denver, however, we must be – and will be – united in our determination to change the course of our nation. To that end, Democrats in Florida and Michigan must know that they are full partners and colleagues in our historic mission to reshape Washington and lead our country in a new direction."Read the post for the full text of the letter from Obama
Liberal Iowa blogger John Deeth doesn't seem entirely pleased about the move, writing that "Florida and Michigan will suffer no punishment at all for their open defiance of the DNC's official nomination calendar." But he continues with what he sees as a bright spot for Iowa's first-in-the-nation status: "Iowa may still be in good shape for staying first in 2012. Republicans have a tentative calendar that keeps Iowa first, and on the Democratic side Obama clearly credits his Iowa win with setting him on the road to the nomination."