One of the things that I find sad is the holier than though grandstanding by Democrats and Republicans over the fate of our primary. Yes, the open primary is probably here to stay, for a bit. The blanket primary and the Top Two were always unconstitutional and the parties have every right to organize their nominations any way they want.

Doesn’t mean that dancing on the hurt feelings of thousands of Washington voters is the right thing to do.

This discussion over at Washblog is a good example of not doing this.

Andrew’s post last night, which inspired this post, is a good example of forgetting that more than 60 percent of Washington voters don’t like the current system.

What I had hoped for would be a broader discussion on how we vote and how exactly parties are relevant and important in today’s political world. People keep telling me that, and I too believe it, but it shouldn’t simply be something we say. We should worry about how parties are relevant.

How we vote, that we need to pick a ballot, does not instantly make the parties relevant.

How the parties act, whether they are of service to voters (for example) beyond brand names, make parties relevant.