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Old 06-08-2016, 08:11 PM
adaher adaher is offline
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Originally Posted by BrotherCadfael View Post
Have the smoke-filled room select a half-dozen good candidates, who then compete in the primaries. Nice mix of appointment and democratic elections.
I think the Democrats had the best idea, regardless of how much controversy it's gotten. Superdelegates.

Or a better approach is just to legally codify in the party rules what we'll call a Trump Rule, or what Democrats could have called a Wallace Rule if Wallace hadn't gotten shot in 1972: If the party judges that the candidate selected by the people is so far outside the mainstream or so outrageously unqualified or hateful, then they reserve the right to open the floor to new nominees on the first ballot. Of course they can already do it, but it makes a difference in perception if it's specifically written into the rules.