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Democrats Come Together To Tear Their Party in Half

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Democratic Party members rally outside the site of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting. Video by Ed O'Keefe/washingtonpost.com

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By Dana Milbank
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Leave it to the Democrats to make a hash of democracy.

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When the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee met at the Marriott in Woodley Park yesterday to decide what to do with the contested primary results in Florida and Michigan, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean kicked off the session by suggesting they avoid a "food fight."

Good luck with that.

"Alice in Wonderland."

"Willy-nilly."

"Totally incorrect."

"This way lies chaos."

"An arbitrary formula."

"My mama always taught me to play by the rules."

"Cheating."

"Let's cancel 2012."

And that was just from the members of the committee. The Floridians and Michiganders were equally unruly ("My state has already suffered enough!"), and the audience became a mob, answering the participants with boos, hisses, cheers and commentary: "Revote! . . . Answer! Answer! . . . Go, Donna! . . . Shut up!"


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