Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fear the Cliff, Not the Primary: Roll Call Opinion

Below is an excerpt from an op-ed by Leo Linbeck III in Roll Call Newspaper.  You'll remember Linbeck as the founder of the Campaign for Primary Accountability.
We’re told members of the House Republican Conference would vote for President Barack Obama’s offer to avert the fiscal cliff, but many are afraid of a primary challenge in 2014. Former GOP Chairman Michael Steele has bluntly stated that if not for fear of primary challenges, a deal could be struck in 24 hours.
As someone who has devoted a lot of time thinking about primaries and their role in our electoral system, let me help unpack the dubious, undemocratic assumptions stowed away in this case of conventional wisdom.

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