The Democrats are a mess, with socialist and unelectable Bernie Sanders now the clear frontrunner among Democratic voters. He can’t win. But enough Democrats are upset at the leveraged buyout of their party by billionaire Michael Bloomberg that they’ve moved to the old socialist as a defense mechanism of sorts.
So what better than to have elites pick the presidential nominee instead?
The current process is clearly flawed, but what would be better? Finding an answer means thinking about the purpose of presidential nominations, and about how the existing system falls short. It will require swimming against the tide of how we’ve thought about nominations for decades — as a contest between everyday voters and elites, or as a smaller version of a general election. A better primary system would empower elites to bargain and make decisions, instructed by voters.
Kid you not, that’s really what was written in today’s Washington Post. That’s the solution being bruited about for the Democratic malaise by one Julia Azari, a leftist professor writing in the pages of the Washington Post.