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The US primaries: a political failure

The trouble with the system is that it might work too well

By Sam Tanenhaus   January 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush files the paperwork making him eligible to run in the New Hampshire Primary elections in early 2016.

Observers of American politics—including Martin Walker, who for many years wrote a Washington column for this magazine—like to say we get the President we deserve. Our popularly elected, term-limited monarch is also a mirror, however clouded, of the nation’s soul—rather, of the roughly six in 10…

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