Sunday, May 18, 2008

Why do we have primaries in the first place?

With the primary season more and more agreed to be over with.... I still think its interesting nobody ever asks much why the US alone has such a strange primary system. It's a question we used to ask ourselves according to this piece from the archives of the New York Times "Direct Primary in Operation: So far is has failed ot meet expectation", by Professor Henry Jones Ford of Princeton University, April 19, 1909. I wonder if even the Obama campaign would agree to some degree at this point.

Note that the Crawford County system it talks about is all a Pennsylvania story. For more see: The Origin of the Direct Primary: The Crawford County System. By Paul Giddens. The Western Pennsylvania Historical Review. Vol. 60 No. 2. April 1977


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