With all the fuss about 'delegates' v 'popular vote' v 'criteria of the day' and the rhetoric over 'disenfranchised voters', one could be forgiven for thinking that choosing a nominee is necessarily a democratic process.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
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There is no inherent constitutional or other legal right whatsoever for 'voters' to choose the nominee of a political party'
A party can define any criteria it wishes to determine the candidate/s to represent them in an election.
Howard Dean should accept responsibility for allowing the present farce to have occurred in the first place and must take immediate action to clarify the situation once and for all.
Suppose I set up the "Flying Pigs Party".