Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What are parties good for?

What are parties good for?

Rick Holmes who blogs at the Wicked Local had this to say about open primaries:

I’ve also thought an open primary would help alleviate the one-party domination in Massachusetts. It would mean fewer uncontested races and more competition within the Democratic Party.

Arnold [Schwarzenegger] convinced voters two years ago to take redistricting away from the parties and put it in the hands of an independent commission. The open primary removes even more power from the parties.

Holmes, like others, is "not sure it will work", but isn't the point to open the process to more participation by voters? Democracy doesn't work without voters.

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