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Contested Primaries

June 16, 2010

Glenn Beck was talking on the radio last week about Little League games where they don’t keep score any more. Officially, that is. In the Major Leagues they still keep score. When they’re not keeping score they call it “practice.” Keeping score brings out our competitive instincts. Competition is what America is all about. When I was a freshman at the Air Force Academy, we were required to memorize MacArthur’s quote about competition:

On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory.

In the political big leagues the Democrats don’t seem to think competition is important. They’ve been clearing the way for their favored candidates to have uncontested primaries. They think they’re wasting their money on primaries (not that money is a problem for them). The Community Organizer in Chief has–not personally, but through proxies of course–tried to bribe Sestak in Pennsylvania and our own Andrew Romanoff in Colorado with jobs to back away from primaries and the White House-approved candidates.  To their credit, neither one bit–and both have come out ahead. Romanoff beat Bennett 60-40 in the assembly so they will contest the primary. Remember when we thought Bennett was going to try to petition on? The one-vote senator stuck it out and passed the 30% threshold he needed.

There are a lot more contested races on the GOP side and that’s a good thing. Here’s why: a contested primary gets you ready for the general election. This is still friendly strife for the most part–the voters have already rejected candidates who have run negative campaigns.  You find out what the voters want, you hone your arguments and solidify your positions. As Maes and McInnis, Buck and Norton, Ament and Stapleton, Bennet and Romanoff debate each other, we get to know them. When the general election comes around, they’re ready.

By the fall, what will we know about Hickenlooper? OK, we know he thinks Van Jones is a Rock Star and he’s made Denver a sanctuary city. But not much else. Clearing the path for the approved candidate may not only be illegal in the way it was carried out, it is actually harmful to the cause. Furthermore, it reeks of back-room deals and smoke-filled rooms–the very kind of thing that true nineteenth and early twentieth century Progressives sought to eliminate.

You see, I don’t buy into the notion that these modern leftists are Progressives at all. Like Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, I don’t think they are really Progressives: they’re Marxists and socialists in Progressive clothing. If given continued power, we would soon find that their top-down centralized party, like the CCCP before it, will produce insiders increasingly less capable of governing.

Fortunately we still have competitive elections in this country, including contested primaries. Let the games begin!

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