Quail hunte rs appreciate a bird dog that doesn't give up ,th at ch ases the last bird after a covey rises, that is joyouslyunwilling to let even one get away . Old Pal was such a pointer ,an d on one day he leaped for a last fluttering single , missed ,of course, but, sad to say, leaped also over a sixty-foot cliffinto the icy Flint River. The moral is that he was going afterthe right bird b ut he wasn 't looking where he was going.The political party, with new rules calculated to open thepresidential nominating process, to involve more people ,to reach the ultimate in democracy , may find itself in thesame plight as th e conscientious pointer. It is possible to goover the cliff in reaching for too much democracy . Somethink the parties have already fallen into the river .
Table of Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Bosses at Work -- 2 Participatory Disorder -- 3 Hail the Conventions -- 4 Bosses and Dark Horses -- 5 Bosses and Upset Applecarts -- 6 The Deliberative Convention -- 7 Representative Delegates -- 8 Bosses Versus Primaries -- 9 Distorted Voice -- 10 Danger of Democracy -- II Open Gate -- 12 Are Political Parties Expendable? -- 13 Primaries Unlimited -- 14 Thinking Delegates -- 15 Where To ? -- Appendix -- Selected Bibliography -- Index.