The Democratic National Committee members have certainly gotten their panties in a twist. After the riotous 1968 Chicago convention, the DNC changed primary campaigns' winner-take-all to "proportional representation." In 1982, to compensate for low primary turnout after the failed '72 George McGovern and '80 Jimmy Carter campaigns, the DNC created superdelegates to broker more control over presidential candidate selection.
Then in 2007, state Democratic parties decided that the four sacrosanct January primaries were antiquated; therefore, many started moving their primaries up. Michigan and Florida logically decided to schedule their primaries the week after the January ones, but the DNC's faulty rules needlessly dumped on the voters of Florida and Michigan, who have little to say in their wild and crazy state committees' primary date selection.
Some party uppity-ups are saying Hillary Clinton, who has won the big blue states so far, should get out of the race. They fear what their own rules have brought them, a brokered convention after a contentious six months of early primaries and caucuses which are attended more by insiders than average voters. More than ever, party presidential candidates and the president-elect should be decided by popular vote.
ELAINE McKEE JACKSON
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