[thechat] Hiding from Elections Now

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Mon Oct 27 02:21:26 CDT 2008

On 27 Oct 2008, at 06:27, erik mattheis wrote:

> (1) why are primaries necessary,
> Well, they're not, as is evidenced by the fact LA has been  
> successfully
> electing US Senators without them for some time. As per presidential
> primaries, I can say I think they're beneficial - they broaden the  
> range of
> electable candidates and for Democrats at least in states holding  
> caucuses,
> it allows the Party platform to be directly informed by voters.

And as we've certainly seen in this election season, they get people  
talking about politics, reminding the local volunteers (and potential  
volunteers) about why they got into the game in the first place, and  
building the foundation of an effective ground game in the general.


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