On Parties

Parties exist to mobilize voters in order to win elections. In pursuit of that goal, they are supposed to identify and advance the candidates that they believe are most likely to win election and advance the party’s policy goals, and they are supposed to identify and undermine the candidates they believe won’t. In pursuit of those objectives, they are supposed to attempt to shape coverage of those candidates and those goals in the media. They wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t do these things, and in a nation of 315+ million, it’s not likely that democracy would work if they didn’t. That’s part of what you see in the leaked DNC emails.
Unfortunately for all of us, what you also see in those emails – and what you would see in similar ones from the RNC if those were ever leaked – is that most (but not all!) of the people who choose to become party professionals haven’t gotten over the fact that they didn’t get to sit with the cool kids in the High School cafeteria. And because of that, they spend much of their time creating cliques and settling scores and righting imagined wrongs. But on both sides of the aisle it’s almost always a sign of immaturity, not malfeasance. That doesn’t make what they do right or good, but if you think on it a bit an pay close attention, it might make a lot of it make more sense.

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