Michael H Goldhaber on Fri, 10 Nov 2006 13:31:55 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The hoopla over the US election and democracy

You wrote;

> The primaries, similarly, only allow for voters to choose among candidates
> chosen  by for them by the parties.

I think that is an oversimplification. Generally, one has to meet  
some, admittedly often too onerous, requirement to run in a primary,  
but the parties as structures cannot limit who runs. I participated  
in a campaign this year to buck the Democratic Party's favorite in a  
Congressional district near here. We won by  a sizable margin against  
the Party bigwigs' favored candidate.  Our candidate has a good  
chance to defeat the incumbent Republican today. I am going off to  
help get out the vote shortly.

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