Regulars carp that they’ve never seen the insurgents until they just showed up at a caucus. Insurgents sometimes encourage this by winning once and then never coming back to do the steady work of reform from within.
Insurgents often think that some ideal of fairness that they grasp intuitively can override the rules. They may be unhappy if you exclude them from voting at a caucus because they missed the deadline for registering as Democrats, as if the regulars are supposed to be able to see in their hearts that they really were Dems in time.
Process reforms can help these relationships work better. Transparency is a big one. I’ve been to at least six Mass. Democratic Conventions so I’m prepared for strange delays while the power brokers put the fix in. New people are very put off by this. I don’t like it either, but the rules permit it. My desire to change those rules doesn’t mean I’m blustering about changing their outcomes this time around.
Politics is both competitive and cooperative, a combination of hard ball and burying the hatchet. The rules are the rules, but we need to help each other when the primary is done.
Often in the past, we haven’t helped each other. Scott Harshbarger would’ve been governor if both wings of the party regulars had cooperated. (Can’t blame insurgents for that one.)
Modern campaigns need such deep organizations that those organizations have to be permanent. They can’t be put together overnight. As Democrats, we are waaaay behind the Republicans on this.
My challenge for regulars and insurgents alike:
That’s one part of the formula for winning.