Today’s Presidential political process is vastly different than that of a century ago, and the results are demonstrably worse:

I’m currently listening to Colonel Roosevelt, the last volume of Edmund Morris’ trilogy biography of the 26th President. You might not know it, but TR’s Bull Moose/Progressive Party was important in bringing about the primary system, which replaced the Caucus & Convention system of the late 1800s. Back then, a sitting president was not guaranteed renomination, and had to work for it via, frankly, lever pulling, vote buying, graft, and spoils.

There are obvious problems with that, but at least you knew the nominee had the support of his party. Absent that, it feels artificial, as if something else, unseen and undeclared, was going on. Almost as if there was a predetermined outcome being worked towards.

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