Sunday, April 10, 2016

The U.S. presidential nominating process - Note for a lecture, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United"

Robert Reich (on facebook)
I was speaking yesterday with a group of European politicians, who expressed surprise at how “undemocratic” our presidential nominating process is. They pointed to:
1. The large percentage of “superdelegates” (political insiders) that will decide on the Democratic Party’s nominee.
2. The large number of primaries (such as the critical New York primary on April 19) that are closed to independents – even though there are more independents than registered Democrats or Republicans.
3. The increasing likelihood that the Republican convention will be “brokered” and that neither of the leading Republican candidates will emerge as the Republican nominee.
I explained that before the early 1970s, it was even worse; each party came up with its nominee in party conventions, without relying on the outcomes of primaries or caucuses.
“And we thought you were a democracy!” said one of my visitors.
What do you think?

No comments: