Washington Post Claims Elites Should Run Elections; Quietly Edits Article After Public Outrage Ensues

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The Washington Post is taking heat over an op-ed authored by Marquette University political science professor Julia Azari, titled “It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president.” Instead of primaries in which caucuses are held to pick primary delegates, Azari suggests that the parties should use “preference primaries” which would “allow voters to rank their choices among candidates, as well as to register opinions about their issue priorities.” After outrage ensued, the Post changed the headline to the far less inflammatory “It’s time to switch to preference primaries.”

The Washington Post is taking heat over a Tuesday op-ed authored by Marquette University political science professor Julia Azari, titled “It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president.”

Azari argues that the Democratic party’s primary process is overly-complicated and convoluted, and the process of choosing the nominee should instead be placed in the hands of politicians instead.

After outrage ensued, the Post changed the headline to the far less inflammatory “It’s time to switch to preference primaries.”

The article reads:

The current process is clearly flawed, but what would be better? … A better primary system would empower elites to bargain and make decisions, instructed by voters.

One lesson from the 2020 and 2016 election cycles is that a lot of candidates, many of whom are highly qualified and attract substantial followings, will inevitably enter the race. The system as it works now — with a long informal primary, lots of attention to early contests and sequential primary season that unfolds over several months — is great at testing candidates to see whether they have the skills to run for president. What it’s not great at is choosing among the many candidates who clear that bar, or bringing their different ideological factions together, or reconciling competing priorities. A process in which intermediate representatives — elected delegates who understand the priorities of their constituents — can bargain without being bound to specific candidates might actually produce nominees that better reflect what voters want.

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“Azari argues that the Democratic party’s primary process is overly-complicated and convoluted,” Despite their pretensions, the two “major” parties have no greater constitutional legitimacy or authority than any other parties, and no portion of the constitution prescribes how they must conduct business. Parties are, in fact, private clubs, extra-constitutional, not government institutions — and as such, are free to select their standard bearers through any mechanism they deem appropriate. If that results in an overly-complicated and convoluted mechanism that results in choosing unelectable candidates, that is their privilege. If the Democrats wish to put 200 names in a hat and… Read more »

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This will happen when people are duped into believing that there is someone who is good enough to rule over them.