It was at the same time I got to this passage on the Democratic Presidential Convention in 1968, in American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home 1945-2000, by Joshua Freeman:
Though coming in too late to enter most of the primaries, he nonetheless emerged as the favorite for the nomination; most states picked their national convention delegates at state conventions, which Democratic insiders dominated, while in a few of the fifteen states that held primaries Humphrey hoped to inherit delegates won by surrogates or favorite sons.As Wikipedia, notes:
Following the 1968 convention, in which many reformers had been disappointed in the way that Vice President Hubert Humphrey, despite not having competed in a single primary, easily won the nomination over Senators Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern (who announced after the assassination of another candidate, Senator Robert F. Kennedy), a commission headed by Senator McGovern reformed the Democratic Party's nominating process to increase the power of primaries in choosing delegates in order to increase the democracy of the process. Not entirely coincidentally, McGovern himself won the nomination in 1972.So, Primaries are a creature of the political parties, a way to give more power to the individual votes and relinquish it from the hands of the Party Apparatchiks. It was that or lose the voters.
Here is a quick look at Presidential Primaries from Wikipedia.
I am with Mr John McDonough on the Commonwealth and local communities not paying for primaries (and, I think, Kad Barma). But, I go beyond John's point and argue that those who declare themselves "Unenrolled" 363 days of the year should not be allowed to declare themself this or that on the day of a Primary Election. They may have good reason for not being enrolled in one party or another—like being in business in Lowell. That said, it was a choice and choices matter. I just don't want them wandering in and watering down my vote on who my party nominates.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Dr Anthes teaches US Government at UMass Lowell.