(The Federalist) — Presidential primaries are, without a doubt, the most annoying part of the political process.

They stir up all of the blind, bitter partisanship of the general election but are applied to far narrower differences in ideology and personality. A lot of people are completely committed to their guy (I’m assuming Carly is out of the running now), so they’re not really debating about the candidates or the issues. They’re just looking for rationalizations to support their choice — and to invalidate yours.

But is there really that much difference between the platforms of, say, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio? Is one really that much more genuine or truthful or personable or decisive? Probably not.

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