Behind all these disputes lurks a deeper critique of the primaries — one that threatens to tear apart both parties as we head toward the convention. And that critique, put simply, is that the primaries are neither fair nor democratic, and as such their results are illegitimate.I would certainly love to see a major reform of the primary system, but I think these worries are overblown. After all, the system survived Florida's hanging chad disaster. A splintered convention would be a short-term blow to the Republicans and might usher in a great two or four years for Hillary and the Democrats, but in 2020 the Republicans would be back.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Primaries and Democratic Legitimacy
I have seen several columns lately worrying over the state of the nomination process. Frank Bruni and Ezra Klein and others fret that winning the nomination seems to be mainly about gaming the caucuses or courting key blocks in key primaries, not winning over the most voters, and they note that many people in both parties have complained that their will is being frustrated by a rigged system. Klein: