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Having recently discovered how the nomination process actually works in the Republican Party, Donald Trump is furious.Political parties have traditionally played this role in the U.S. And they have often played it as a counterweight to the momentary passions of the public.Still, between 1912 and 1968, the man who won a party's presidential primaries became the nominee less than half the time.The Republicans copied the Democrats, and soon the parties ended up with the system we have today. To choose their candidates for the November election, the parties simply hold prior elections. Mostly everywhere else, political parties have not turned the nominating process into a plebiscite.A party without internal strength and capacity cannot shape the political agenda.Primaries are not the only "democratizing" reforms that have crippled political parties in America.This hierarchical system began to break down after reforms of the Watergate era, which opened up the system, expanding the number of subcommittees and moving to internal party elections and open votes.In the current Republican race, it is trying to revive itself to save the party from a dangerous demagogue.
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