The Archdruid Pans the American Political Process
Pans it down to its nuts and bolts, in fact. At least the modern ones. A broad criticism of political primaries, and a celebration of caucuses, follows:
More generally, it’s fair to say that very few of the significant political leaders of American history between Jackson’s time and the beginning of the 1960s could get elected in today’s money-driven environment. If we’re going to have a corrupt political system—and we are; no political system anywhere will ever be more honest than the people it governs—we might as well have one that produces leaders more capable than the airbrushed marionettes who infest the American political scene these days.
I can always count on him to introduce me to a perspective I'd not before encountered, and to argue for it persuasively. I'd not before heard the history of the caucus system, or its effects on the political life of most Americans, but now I'm left wondering just how great primaries are, after all.