Circle the Wagons

Nancy Pelosi’s daughter produced a documentary about the campaign of a Texas governor with little chance of winning the nomination. That governor was George W. Bush. His father was president just 8 years earlier, John McCain was the presumptive nominee, and his brother Jeb was considered the rising star in the next generation. On the other hand, Democrats rallied around VP Gore as the presumptive nominee and president. That didn’t work out so well.

American history has more examples than not of unexpected candidates winning elections. Despite this, political parties have been trying to game the choice of nominee since a public primary system came into being. In 2004, a large field of Democratic contenders was whittled down to John Kerry just because he used enough of his wife’s fortune to win the last minute of the ad war in the tiny state of Iowa.

Republicans are making the same mistake with the inevitability of Mitt Romney. Tea Party groups were arm twisted early on into supporting Romney if he became the nominee, even though they have been surprisingly loyal toward any GOP nominee. There are more examples of institutional Republicans turning on primary winners with tea party support. Voters want a fair fight where people actually get to make some kind of choice.

Circling the wagons only works against a small force. Otherwise, it just puts everyone in a smaller kill zone. Picking the “right” candidate too early is often a short-sighted and hasty choice. If the parties want to go back to smoke-filled back rooms to choose a candidate, they should. It would be cheaper for the country.

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8 Responses to Circle the Wagons

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Ironically, those smoke-filed backrooms produced some of our best presidents. The primary system produced Carter and all the ones that followed.

    There is nothing (other than party rules) that requires primaries or caucuses. The parties can choose their candidates just about any way they want. Of course presidential elections are optional too – you state can select the electors for the Electoral College any way it wants.

    They’re just nice enough to give you a vote.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Quite an elaborate system to make you think you have a choice and to keep you busy hating “the other group” while they all do the same thing for the same bosses.

      “Free for All” episode of The Prisoner covered it nicely.

  2. Pips says:

    One scene from that documentary that stuck with me, was a journalist riding Bush’s bus saying something to the effect of
    “He charms the pants off all of us.”

    I loathe the man! Yet, I believe the sentiment.

    Oh, and Alexandra Pelosi is a brilliant documentarist!

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I realize that if I believed every candidate, no one would be qualified to run the country đŸ˜€

  4. DandyTiger says:

    You know, the more I think about it, Mitt Romney is John Kerry. He’s precisely the dolt who could never win. Ever. I don’t care what some polls say right now, he just can’t win.

    I think the Republican rank and file know that too. Which is why they desperately keep trying to pick anyone but him. They pick an alternative and the powers that be / party machine and the media tear them down. The machine desperately wants Obama or a good substitute. They don’t want someone else, even if that person appears to be from their party. They’ve got a very successful program in place with Obama destroying SS and Medicare, giving money to Wall Street and banksters, and they don’t want anyone who might through a wrench into the works.

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