In a decision that I'm sure surprises few, the DEM party's Rules & Bylaws Committee decided to reduce their sanctions against Michigan and Florida for holding their primaries ahead of schedule. The committee voted to fully seat the delegations of both states, but to reduce them all to half-votes at the convention. Florida's delegates were apportioned according to the primary election results, but Michigan's were split 69/59 between Clinton and Obama. What's the net result of all this brouhaha? Nothing at all has changed...Clinton nets 26.5 delegates today, an insignificant amount that doesn't even begin to erase her total deficit against her opponent. The new "magic number" of delegates needed to clinch the party's nomination has increased to 2118 (+92). Clinton's total delegate count is now 1877.5 (+94.5), and Obama's is 2052 (+68)...only 66 shy of sewing it up officially. Just as we knew would happen weeks ago, the delegations from Michigan and Florida simply do not affect the inevitable outcome of this contest. We now return to your regularly-scheduled thumb-sucking and troll-hunting.