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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


The Clinton campaign is playing the expectations game, by saying that Latinos might not turn out to the caucus next week.

Some of this is simply to prepare the party and her supporters for a close win or even a narrow loss.  If she wins by 5%, she can carry a lot of momentum in South Carolina.  If it's close, she can say: Well, Latinos didn't turn out.

All of this goes to the idiocy of having caucuses in the Democratic party.  The essential problem in Democratic politics is low voter turnout.  Whether it's in a midterm election or a primary, getting working class minorities and young people to the polls is tough.  Sanders has managed to motivate the young voters, but Clinton needs those minority voters.

Caucuses - almost by definition - retard voter turnout.  They are complicated; they are tough to schedule around; they take a lot of time.  Why in the world would the Democratic party rely on such an archaic and self-limiting practice?

The way we nominate presidents has to change.  Let's get rid of caucuses and go entirely to primaries.  And let's have Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina all go on the same day to avoid having unrepresentative states represent the American electorate.

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