This is one of the reasons people detest politicians. Whether you agree with the rules or not, you know what they are going in -- you deliberately choose to violate them, having been warned what the consequences will be -- you get exactly the result you expected -- and you cry that it's not fair and threaten to hold your breath until you turn blue. And then to expect the DNC to come up with some half-assed last-minute substitute and pick up the tab to boot?? Are you kidding me! I hate to say it but I have to: that behavior is very Bush-like. It's just the sort of thing I'd expect from Dubya and his bunch -- childish "the-rules-don't-apply-to-me" thinking. I feel bad for the people in Florida and Michigan, but it was their state legislatures that screwed them over, not the DNC. And I'm disappointed in Howard Dean for speaking out of both sides of his mouth about "not changing the rules" while mentioning possible "new plans". The guy at the end of the article is right: this is a typical Democratic firing squad -- arranged in a circle.