Re: question about hand-held statisticaldevices in the field

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 21 2007 - 11:35:21 CST

> For most of U.S. history, the political parties selected their candidates
> for president in a very undemocratic manner. You are right to demand a more
> democratic process in Iowa -- and all the primaries, for that matter. And,
> I think you are right to say it's a "matter of public policy." However, it
> might be worthwhile to keep in mind the difference between political parties
> and governments.

Oh yes, I am well aware of that. The Constitution did not envision the use of
primary elections, and they were as bonkers as the Iowa caucuses until about
1915 when some court decisions got control over them. The early 20th Century
court decisions overturned the parties' concept that they were a law unto
themselves, and as I understand it, did insert public policy frames into the
concept of political party primaries.

The caucuses are sort of an end run around that; I understand that there are
attorneys thinking about taking the caucuses on on constitutional grounds, and
if the caucuses are conducted in an opaque manner, the chances increase for
litigation or even a request for an injunction.

Of course, many say litigation is the lowest form of communication, and I tend
to agree with that. There are other ways to take it on. There will be at least
2,000 reporters in Iowa during the caucuses.

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