June 5, 2012      5:06 PM
HK: FORGET THE WISCONSIN DUST UP, THE CALIFORNIA NON-PARTISAN PRIMARY IS MUCH MORE INTERESTING
Potentially moving the center of gravity out of inflamed, painfully one-dimensional primaries to larger turnout general elections
single most corrupting element in modern American politics is not money -- is the replacement of the constitutionally
mandated November election with the parochial, highly inflamed and extraordinarily
one dimensional political primary.
a single self-styled, self-righteous Tea Party constitutionalist to our knowledge has ever
complained that redistricting is intended to undermine the November election envisioned
by the founders as our core electoral exercise.
it is Republicans in Texas or Democrats in old California, map drawers
pre-determining that a district will be owned by either the GOP or the
Democrats mocks the Constitution.
the July runoffs are over in Texas, there will probably be less than a
half-dozen competitive legislative or Congressional races in Texas next
while most eyes are watching what happens in the Wisconsin Scott Walker brawl later today, it is dramatically less interesting
to this observer than what happens in California’s first open, non-partisan
primary also held today.
is just a test of corporate money running an air war vs. unions and their
allies running more of a ground game.
While it will have some significance in how we view the Obama-Romney
battle next November, it is not nearly as interesting as the California
By Harvey Kronberg