As expected, the Democratic National Committee has stripped Michigan of all its national convention delegates.

Michigan's Jan 15 primary violates DNC rules.

Now, it's likely that the committee of the whole at the convention will restore the delegates in time for the nomination itself.

But they will not be counted when delegates matter most -- as they are being accumulated in real time in January.

Earlier this year, the DNC stripped Florida of all delegates in the wake of the state party's decision to endorse a Jan. 29 primary.

The politics of all this: good for anyone who doesn't currently lead in those states. Anyone, that is, but Hillary Clinton.

Remember that the RNC also penalized Florida and Michigan (and three other states) but by half of their delegates.

So those GOP primaries still matter.