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I'm not sure I know what you mean by "the apparatus"?  The leadership of the party picked the candidate?

And I don't think it's strange that only party members in good standing pick a party candidate rather than have "primary election" open to anyone. Some states in the US do that by having a caucus system rather than a primary system.  My state used to.  In some ways it was better. You actually had to show up at party meetings and stand up and support someone.  I'm not sure that they checked to make sure you'd payed your dues though.  But I wouldn't have objected if they had.

by Maryb2004 on Sat Nov 18th, 2006 at 12:14:38 AM EST
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