Democrats, not Republicans and Independents, should pick our party's nominee.Frankly, I think some Republicans and Independents see that there *will* be a Dem president next. These things are cyclical. Unless a miracle occurs, in my opinion, our next president will be from the Democratic party. And if I'm a Republican or Independent, I'd want a say as to who that might be.
Here in Champaign County I have purposefully taken a Republican ballot in the primary in order to vote in some judge races. Generally, there's a *slew* of Republican candidates in the primary and no Democratic challenger in the general election. If I want a say on that particular race, I *have* to vote in the Republican primary. And...I have to make sure there isn't a race I'm really interested in on the Democratic side. I believe last time it was more important to me to vote Eisendrath.
Anyways...if the law allow voters to take any ballot, why would you want to restrict my ability to have a say in who my political representatives are? Is this another case of a "private entity" using public funds for their exclusive club business?
What's the more important point---the ability of the party to choose a particular candidate or the ability of the citizens to choose their elected officials? Honestly, the odds of Republicans voting en masse for Obama because they want to screw up the Democratic ticket sounds a bit off to me. The only person that screws up is Hillary---and only if she thinks it's more important to win the nomination than win the Oval Office.
Have you ever crossed party lines in a primary? Or is that something you would never do? I've heard that if you've *ever* taken an opposing party's ballot, you are forever excluded from holding certain positions or offices. Not sure if it's true, but if that's the price I pay to vote for some of the elected offices, so be it....