by Tracy Miller, PhD
Williamson County Republican Party released a Resolution to Close the Primaries in the state of Tennessee late last week. But why? Isn’t it better to let Democrats help decide which Republican they like most or (perhaps) hate least? Recently, screen shots have been flying around where people admit that in order to get elected they have to slap an “R” in front of their names. Hang out at the polling stations and you often can hear groups of Democrats mumbling about holding their nose and voting for this or that Republican candidate – the one who is most like a Democrat or the one who has the least chance of winning.
This is especially true for the primaries – think NFL draft where we try to assemble the Republican lineup for the upcoming season. No harm in letting the Patriots or the Texans help us choose our players, right? After all, some of our opponents are often friends and all-around good sports. Maybe a few extra Monday morning quarterbacks or opposition party coordinators can help, right?
Wrong. Enough of the comedy. All an open primary does is allow the powerful to remain in power – because they can make a few calls and bring in opposition votes for the promise of favors delivered later. According to Representative Glen Casada, “This is the kind of important legislation that we all need to get behind to keep our primary system protected.”