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_You vote for your Presidential candidates in the US in a way we don't do here - we (party members) vote for our candidates to stand as MPs and Assembly Members but we don't vote for who should be Prime Minister or Leader of the Party. _

But not every party member can stand for election as prospective MP candidate, can they? The party vets members and proposes a short list.

American primaries (yes, also for Congresspeople, and state legislators) are, on paper, totally open.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 07:39:30 PM EST
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Every party member can put themselves forward for selection but yes they have to be vetted to get on the shortlist - there's nothing I've said that contradicts that.  I said that I wouldn't bother because I know I wouldn't either get through the vetting or be put in a winnable seat if I did.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 03:32:57 AM EST
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AFAIK the LIbDems do vet candidates but don't restrict which seat you can try to be nominated to after you've been successfully vetted.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 05:23:28 AM EST
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I keep thinking we should start a party. It's probably the only way to get the job done.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 06:02:12 AM EST
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2010 is going to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to capture disaffected voters.

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 06:05:51 AM EST
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From being active in a start-up party I would suggest the following as a basic check-list:

  • make a list of policy positions the party supports
  • identify a group which should feel unrepresented and willing to vote for the policy proposals
  • use the internet for organising (webbpage, forum, blogs etc)
  • create an easy template on how to get a local chapter/group/whatever up and running

And be prepared to put in a lot of work.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 06:43:10 AM EST
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On paper, yes.

It was instructive to follow Bill Wyatt - t-shirt salesman from California - that tried to run against George Bush in the 2004 republican primaries. In most states there was no way for him to enter as the primaries had already been decided by local party leadership in favor of Bush. The motivation tended to be that no primary was necessary as there were no other candidates, since none had been reported in the newspapers.

So there is a vetting, it just looks different.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 05:27:48 AM EST
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