by Turnpike Kid, Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 09:19:44 AM EST
Just a rant.
I'm watching MSNBC right now. Or not really watching, but it's on in the background as I'm working on my laptop.
The anchor goes live to a town hall in Wisconsin with Chelsea Clinton, where she is taking questions at Marquette University.
by Turnpike Kid, Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 09:37:15 PM EST
Originally titled Analysis: Honoring Key Values in the Nominating Contest
but that wasn't very sexy.
This diary isn't intended as
a research document or finished product, just a springboard for ideas
and vehicle to reconcile dueling thoughts.
After several spirited threads, a few
ideas have crystallized for me. The overriding theme seems to
be that any Democratic nominating process should, in my opinion, value
a few complementary and competing key principles:partisanship: Democrats
get to select the Democratic nominee; all Democrats get to participate;
strongest Democratic areas get more votes. diversity and respect for
key constituencies: Each constituency gets represented at the convention.proportional representation
and participatory democracy: All geographic areas are represented
proportionally, all candidates receive delegates proportionally, maximum
participation is encouraged, majority rules, minority gets representation. fairness and transparency:
The rules are set in advance, the rules count equally for everyone,
entire process conducted in the open.
Now, in more depth, here's how I see
each respective value currently represented in this cycle's process: