The Democratic Party, victorious in capturing the White House and increasing Congressional majorities, will now turn its attention to reducing its own debts.

A fundraising letter sent out last week hopes to retire the $15 million debt. Some of it will pay back loans taken out in October to help finance work in House and Senate campaigns.

"We'll get to work transforming this country. But first we need to take care of the DNC," President-elect Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe said in the appeal letter.

Mr. Plouffe has it backward. The work transforming the country takes precedence over the party's debt. It's myopic to think a party finance issue would be more important than the myriad of issues facing our nation.

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