Picture the following. Democrats desperately vying to replace a racist, foul-mouthed, unqualified, corrupt, norm breaking Republican supported by a hard core 40% of the electorate. The Democrats have a huge primary field with the potential nominees competing over who is the most progressive among them who is also the most electable against the racist Republican.
Do you picture crowded debate stages and a nasty, negative primary? Do you picture attack ads between Democrats that strengthen the hands of a loathsome Republican? Do you picture one candidate winning the nomination with less than 30% of the vote? Do you picture a divided Democratic Party? If you do, you are mistaken.
In this primary progressives actually run ads with their opponents. In this primary the Democrats unite behind the candidate who wins a clear majority of their vote. Someone who may not have been everyone’s first choice, but was at least their second or third. In this election third parties aren’t a threat in the general, but an option to select while also selecting the Democrat as a fallback to stop the racist Republican.
Sound like Disneyland? More like Vacationland, and it could be coming to the Bay State with your help. Ranked choice voting is the most democratic way to select candidates and the best way to ensure extremists and racists are shut out of our politics for good. It’s time e every Democrat supports it.