By Norman Conquest
Both parties, most obviously the Republicans, should be thinking about the bizarre results of our methods of choosing presidential candidates. The Republicans have eliminated several of their best-qualified candidates, and the best candidates among the Democrats would not run, leaving us with the prospect of a demagogue facing a crook.
The cult the common man has given us primaries and caucuses, each deriving its legitimacy from the performance of people with little clue to the needs of the office or the capacities of the contenders. One must strain to think that this system surpasses choice by a convention of party leaders chosen by state committees. Selection by audience-participation TV game show ranks among the worst ideas of the past political generation.
Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.
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