Bob Ellis continues to construct his own reality, alleging that Democrats have an “infatuation with Marxism and anti-Americanism.” (For the record, I am infatuated with pizza rolls, not Marx, and I know no active American Democrat who is anti-American.)
But before Ellis collapses in that puddle of hyperbolic goo, he lodges an almost reasonable critique of Amendment V, the proposal for open non-partisan primaries on our ballot in November. Almost.
Ellis contends that each political party ought to be able to nominate its own candidates, without interference from outsiders:
Currently, Democrats elect their own Democrat nominee and Republicans elect their own Republican nominee, and these nominees then go on to face each other in the general election. That’s how it ought to be.
Primaries belong to the respective parties. The primaries are the mechanism through which each party chooses the nominee it wants to field against competitors in the general election for the elected office in question [Bob Ellis, “Constitutional Amendment V,” The Right Side, 2016.04.17].
As I said, almost reasonable. If primaries belong to the parties, why should the state run them? In the current system, the state decides who belongs to each party and can thus participate in each party’s primary. I’d think arch-conservative Ellis would revolt at such state interference. Ellis complains that his party is already overrun with Republicans in Name Only, but he strangely embraces the state’s lax registration process that allows RINOs and DINOs and other fakers to participate in each party’s primary process:
People who want a say in this primary or that are free to join the respective party of their choice; all they have to do is fill out a voter registration form. There are no requirements whatsoever, it doesn’t cost anything and no further action is required to join that party; you don’t even have to vote if you don’t want to. But you do have to show a minimum amount of “buy in” to that party by taking the time to register as a member [Ellis, 2016.04.17].
The current state-run primaries saddle parties with ideological fakers like Annette Bosworth and Mike Rounds. Amendment V would allow Ellis and other party faithful to out such fakers sooner. Under an open, non-partisan primary, Ellis and his fellow Republicans could hold a pre-primary convention (like in North Dakota and Minnesota), set up all the rules they want to ensure that only the truest Republicans can enter and vote as delegates. Those delegates could then endorse one Republican in each race as the bearer of their pure, conservative, Republican standards and authorize their party to actively campaign during the primary on that candidate’s behalf. Unendorsed RINOs could still run in the primary if they wanted to, but that stinging rebuke from their own party would surely put them at a disadvantage.
Bob Ellis thinks government is too big. I would think Ellis would prefer a system that takes party nominations out of the hands of government and empowers each political party itself, by its own rules, to choose its nominees and then fight for their victory in both the primary and general elections. If Ellis weren’t so infatuated with imagining that the rest of us are infatuated with Marxism and anti-Americanism, he might realize that Amendment V is quite reasonable.