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What is wrong with the Democratic Party? Not only is the presidential election theirs to lose, but with Republican retirements in Congress they might also gain House and Senate seats. Yet they seem determined to shoot themselves in the foot.

We have a situation similar to Florida's here in Michigan. Both states have large numbers of electoral college votes, and Democratic voters in both places are being purposely alienated by this power struggle.

To be fair, neither of these states needs an earlier primary to be important, their electoral votes should do that. But for the disagreement to turn into childish bickering will only leave the worst of tastes in the mouths of voters.

And while the DNC may think that they have this election sewn up, they should not underestimate their own ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. To lose this presidential election might be the end of the Democratic Party as a serious force.