Jonathan Chait … argues that a small group of party leaders—say, Biden, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Hakeem Jeffries, and Jen O’Malley Dillon—should decide on a new candidate over the next week.” Is it democratic? No. But hey, sometimes a smoke-filled room is just what you need. (New York)

The Free Press

I concur. Compared with what primary elections has given us (at taxpayer expense, and with high barriers to third parties), the old smoke-filled rooms look pretty good.

I also think that unless the GOP comes up with an equivalent of the Democrats’ Super Delegates” (the Democrats’ prescient protection against left populism run amok), we’re in for a long run of populist GOP nominees.

July 8, 2024

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