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January 21, 2008

Why Do We Have Caucuses?

The Nevada caucus turned into a fiasco, if on-the-ground reports can be believed. Barack Obama's campaign manager has turned up over 200 reported violations of rules by the Hillary Clinton campaign just in the first few hours after the event. Claims of voter suppression from Bill Clinton arose before the caucuses even officially began.

So why do we have caucuses? At Heading Right, I look at the process and talk about the winners and the losers -- and why we should demand primaries instead.

One final note on this subject: The Democrats want to end secret ballots for union organizing elections. Republicans have objected, saying it will leave workers at risk of intimidation by both sides. The behavior at the Nevada caucuses make an excellent argument against the Democrats -- and we can use their own objections as evidence.


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