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Democrats should put an end to caucuses

Froma Harrop on

In assessing a candidate's ability to prevail in a general election, some members of the punditry put great importance on the level of voter enthusiasm. Should that matter? It shouldn't, not in a democracy. Votes are supposed to be equal. A vote cast with mild affection or indifference -- even with nose held -- counts every bit as much as a vote made with thumping heart.

Some friends, particularly younger ones, worship the ground Bernie walks on. I back Joe Biden but don't adore him. (I could be happy with another moderate, say, Amy Klobuchar or Pete Buttigieg.) To me, Biden is a solid progressive and, more importantly, the Democrat whom President Donald Trump most fears.

What excites me, though in a bad way, is the belief that a Sanders nomination -- or his trashing of the actual Democratic nominee, as he did in 2016 -- would deliver another four years to Trump.

Whatever the results in the Iowa caucuses, one can be confident that they will leave an exaggerated impression of the level of Sanders' support. They will reveal the preference of a tiny slice of a tiny slice of the electorate and, in the Democrats' case, of an electorate more heavily weighted toward the white liberal gentry than the party at large.

Only the Democratic Party can end this undemocratic means of choosing its nominees. And it should.

 

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