The ‘party decides’ on Biden

Why Democratic gatekeepers succeeded where Republicans failed

(White House // Public Domain)

During the 2016 primary, pundits couldn’t shut up about a book titled The Party Decides. This obscure political science text, published the same year Obama was elected, gained so much currency in part because it told people what they wanted to hear — that Republican elites would stop Donald Trump from getting the



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Justin Ward

Journalist and activist. Founder and co-chair of DivestSPD. Bylines at SPLC, The Baffler, GEN, USA Today. Follow on Twitter: @justwardoctrine, @DivestSPD