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View Diary: Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation Poll: Plurality of Americans are tired of Iowa and NH going first (90 comments)

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  •  I go on record as opposed to primaries. (0+ / 0-)

    It is clear that primaries - as currently constituted - are destructive in that they hand inordinate power to bands of extremists and reward elected representatives for being intransigent. If you like gridlock and ineptitude, you must love primaries. I don't. If it were up to me, I would institute a window of time before an election in which all aspiring candidates in an electorate were required to collect a combination of signatures and endorsements that would qualify them for the ballot. The signatures would come from registered voters and the party registration lists would be eliminated. The top three signature-getters would be on the ballot. Clearly, in this system, extremist candidates would be filtered out efficiently. No tea partiers need apply. No marginalizers or exclusionists. The system would begin to function again because, to get on the ballot, you would need to appeal to a broad swathe of the electorate.

    I know, of course, that nothing will ever happen along these lines. But it would massively improve politics in the USA.

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