Posted on May 11, 2008This is a theme to which we'll be returning, as debate is rising about whether Democrats or Republicans have had a better nomination process, with a focus on the winner-take-all rules for allocating delegates that gave John McCain such a big boost to the Republican nomination compared to the proportional representation allocation rules that have extended the Democratic nomination.
FairVote is firmly on the side of proportional allocation of delegates, although there are ways it could be improved. For one, it has ensured that the delegate results more accurately reflect the popular vote in contests, making the Democratic race more like a national primary unfolding state by state. If winner-take-all had been used and and the popular vote had been the same in every state, Hillary Clinton would be far ahead despite trailing Barack Obama in the overall popular vote and being swamped in number of states won -- a questionable result no matter what one might think about the relative merits of Clinton and Obama.
Echoing and amplifying arguments (such as here and here) Imade on this blog, see Alan Wolfe's ode to the Democratic nomination process in today's Washington Post Outlook. Included in his piece is this quote: