Back in the day, I’m talking 1940s-60s, the DNC used to put together a platform that represented the policies and goals they were going to run on and then pick the candidate that best represented them, frequently behind closed doors in the proverbial (or perhaps literal) smoke-filled room.
“The modern system of determining nominees through a series of state primary elections is essentially an innovation of the 1970s.”*
The one large advantage the old system had was to unite the party behind one candidate and discourage factionalism, which is a sign that the party is in disarray (which it absolutely is). That lack of unity and clarity of message defines the difference between the two parties and all but destroyed the Dems ability to win elections in the 21st century and made the Republicans a nearly unstoppable juggernaut.
“Money = Speech” – Supreme Court of the United States (2010), Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission.
(Yes, I know that the decision involved corporation and PAC’s, but the principle is the same. I am also a believer in campaign spending caps, which would mean that just because you have enough money to self fund, you would not be able to do it without limit.)
Same rules we use for elections.
Help! I’m a rock!
I am 68. I was an air traffic controller. Guess what? We have age limits. In fact, you can’t even apply for the job if you are over 35. (Ironically, that makes it the exact opposite of the presidency.)
If they still have it, they should be eminence grises guiding and grooming the next generation; the one that has never known the prosperity of the 50s and 60s or a Congress that believed in nation over party and somehow managed to work together to enact laws that by and large benefitted the majority of the people. As for Joe, in particular, he thinks he can negotiate with the Republicans. His buddy Barack couldn’t negotiate with Republicans. That went out the window in the early 90’s when Newt instituted the scorched earth policy that McConnell joyfully adopted and continued.
I have been saying the same thing since the day Bernie and Biden announced.
Term limits and age limits!
“I started out with nothing… and I still have most of it.” – Michael Davis (maybe)
Not trying to pick a fight Mick, but you have me baffled. I made two comments, “The Constitution is no longer applies. We have officially scuttled our national aspiration to be a nation of laws, not of men.” and “You don’t have to break a law to be impeached.” – Lindsey Graham, R-SC. 1999” neither of which seem to me to be related to your reply “So Fool of Dishonor is anti-choice, huh? Funny how self-righteous, pompous white guys are so hell bent on dictating what a women can do with her own body.” So forgive me if I don’t understand how you got from a rule of law comment to a woman’s right to control her own body, which I do, in fact, strongly support.
The threat of apocalyptic catastrophe has been the means by which the neocons have scared the working class into voting red against their own interests.
We USED to live in a Republic. Not seeing much evidence that Congress is beholden to their constituents anymore.