(Washington Examiner) -- Don't let me down, America. I've been extolling U.S.-style open primaries for as long as I've been in politics. I've written papers declaring that they are the surest defense against oligarchy. They tilt the balance from executive to legislature, I tell anyone who'll listen; they disperse power. Ordinary people are wiser than politicians.
Now, I find that people come back at me with a smug five-word put-down: "Bernie Sanders. And Donald Trump".
Look, I get that you're fed up with politicians. No doubt yours can be as tedious, narcissisitic and wrong as anyone else's. But, trust me, most countries would gladly swap their legislators for America's. Why? Because primaries weed out the duds. In TV debates, in front rooms, on local radio, at rallies, the cranks get exposed. Not always; but often enough for the system to work.
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