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... primary that decides contested races all the way down ... Senate, House of Representatives, Governor, State Senator, State House of Representatives. There's more variety at the municipal level, but primary elections are more the rule than the exception for both state and federal offices.

And the alternative is normally caucuses, which are effectively party branch meetings, so even the less democratic of the common American institutions tends to be more responsive to local political pressure than the Blair-ite New Labour institutions.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 10:55:45 PM EST
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