WaPo Claims Elites Should Run Elections; Quietly Edits Article After Public Outrage Ensues

The Washington Post is taking heat over a Tuesday op-ed authored by Marquette University political science professor Julia Azari, titled “It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president.”

Azari argues that the Democratic party’s primary process is overly-complicated and convoluted, and the process of choosing the nominee should instead be placed in the hands of politicians instead.

After outrage ensued, the Post changed the headline to the far less inflammatory “It’s time to switch to preference primaries.”

The article reads: 

The current process is clearly flawed, but what would be better? … A better primary system would empower elites to bargain and make decisions, instructed by voters.

One lesson from the 2020 and 2016 election cycles is that a lot of candidates, many of whom are highly qualified and attract substantial followings, will inevitably enter the race. The system as it works now — with a long informal primary, lots of attention to early contests and sequential primary season that unfolds over several months — is great at testing candidates to see whether they have the skills to run for president. What it’s not great at is choosing among the many candidates who clear that bar, or bringing their different ideological factions together, or reconciling competing priorities. A process in which intermediate representatives — elected delegates who understand the priorities of their constituents — can bargain without being bound to specific candidates might actually produce nominees that better reflect what voters want.

Instead of primaries in which caucuses are held to pick primary delegates, Azari suggests that the parties should use “preference primaries” which would “allow voters to rank their choices among candidates, as well as to register opinions about their issue priorities.”

This would allow the ‘elites’ to choose a nominee based on what the voters want – a strategy Azari admitted is “labor-intensive and a little risky,” according to Breitbart.

via zerohedge


  1. First of all Azari is not a “professor” of political science, but appears to be only an assistant professor, i.e., in academic parlance “a beginning level” professor. Secondly, she is on the record as being highly critical of the Electoral College. Lastly, Ms. Azari is of Middle Eastern extraction, putting her opinions about America in a distinctly suspicious light.

    1. Amen brother, is she an American citizen? If she is she’s either democrap, Liberal or just plain nut job. I know she doesn’t realize it but our government is run by WE THE PEOPLE. Not the elitest

    2. I’d ship her arse back to Iraq or where ever she came from. She was given an opportunity to come to the United States and better herself, from her middle eastern origins. If she can’t say something nice about America, go HOME. You have no patriotism, the same as from your country I’m sure. That’s why they wanted you out.
      So straighten out and say nice things, not crap like this.

  2. The dumbass woman said they should look for candidates that “have the skills to run for president “, how about candidates that have to skills to “be” president. And none of the democrat candidates have the necessary skills to be president.

  3. Who does WAPO think runs elections? Hillary and the Democrats were in such a snit after the ’16 election because it was “her turn” to be president. Trump was elected because the average voter (whom the Democrats view with contempt) got sick and tired of all the BS designed to deprive them of wealth and liberty to advance the global socialist agenda.

  4. It is the liberal fascist playbook being played out. Disarm, establish a ruling elite, subjugate speech, subjugate dissent, subjugate, indoctrinate the uneducated , establish the bureaucracy as the parent, control the minds then eliminate the opposition. The tyrannical mind.

  5. Any Christian should know that a vote for someone who is pro-death (abortion), or pro-contraception is a vote for the Devil. Now, wait a minute, did he (me) say pro-contraception is the work of the Devil? Yes, the Big Guy, God, Jesus – told us to be fruitful and multiply! That is impossible to do when you are contracepting. So ye, 9 or 10 decades ago, virtually all Christian denominations were agaist contraception – not just the Catholics. A lot of denominations sold out to the devil. Catholics are the only major Christian group that teaches that the use of contraception is a mortal sin (you go to Hell for unconfessed, unrepentant mortal sins). Yes Catholics, we still teach that! So, go to confession! If you still disbelieve, I would recommend that you click on this an visit the Catholic view on the grave evils of contraception! http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/contraception/index.cfm

    1. I’m sure a lot of Catholics use contraception’s and even have abortions. No religion can boast that their congregations are 100% for life. Sadly this society has gone down hill both morally and civically since government took over education. The left has taken over our children’s minds as parents have given up that responsibility. Why are there so many Bernie Sanders supporters?How many were born in the 1980’s and later? Those are the socialist leaning voters. So abortion is not found in the Bible. As you say God created man and woman for one purpose. To multiply. The whole idea of pro choice is twisted. Everyone really has a choice. Choose death or choose life. Thus pro abortion and pro life. To continue to legitimize abortion by calling it pro choice or women’s health is ridiculous. How is abortion considered women’s health? The left grasps at straws trying to legitimize a heinous act like infanticide. Then to have these same hypocrites claim moral high ground is despicable. We are all Gods children. God knew us all by name before we were born. In other words all these aborted babies had names and were as human as those of us living. The left is evil and they can never come to grips with Gods word. It’s why a democrat can never have power. I have peace in knowing that my God will sort it out. In the meantime we can vote for those who will protect life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  6. OK! So the “elites” will then decide just like in the time leading up to the French Revolution? So how do we establish just who can be an elite? What are the “characteristics” of an elite? A Kennedy? The ones in jail or out on parole? Or a Fancy Palosi made rich through insider trading? A member of the Clinton Crime Syndicate or a Biden Crime Family member? Just askin… Azari is oh-so-typical of the many tax-sucking leeches masquerading as professors in our multiversities going about ruining minds and destroying the critical faculties of the young in their formative years. And there is still wonder why we have such a deeply divided culture? Try looking a little deeper into the modern day cesspools of so-called higher learning. It is there that the pseudo-intellectual vile learns to foment and make a civilization sick.

  7. This is the kind of “CRAP” universities and colleges are teaching our kids. This is systemic and these “experts” and “intellects” are killing our republic. They are destroying our America; trying to convert it to a socialist failure.

  8. Here I thought that the role of the so-called super-delegates WAS to give the “elites” a massive say in who gets to run for president. It was these people that put up Killary in 2016 instead of Bernie. She had all of them locked in behind her, so she got the nomination, thus cheating Sanders out of his chance. They are poised to do that again this year. For the demokraut party, the elites already have too big a say.

  9. I would blame the Post for its sources. The Post created a headline based on an Associate Professors opinion. Ms Azari would credit herself as being one of those “elites” because of her higher education but in actuality why should anyone listen to her opinions? Those opinions are coming from an academic locked away from the real world. I’m willing to bet she received her BS degree, found she did qualify to work at The Gap but nowhere else and reenlisted for an MS/PHD in academia. Her opinion is as good as mine. After a couple of hundred years the election process works just fine. Can I help it if the Democrats keep reminding us of how unqualified they seem to be for this all important office.

  10. Azaria is a cocksucking bitch with shit for brains. This asshole should stick to sucking cocks the only thing that she knows how to do.

  11. Azari is an ugly little bitch. She probably never gets fucked. No guy could stand looking at her ugly face. I bet she sucks a lot of cocks though.

  12. Well heck what is wrong with that? The Dims want the Govt. to have complete control of their lives anyway as they can’t think for themselves and what could be better than letting some bureaucrats decide who should be anointed to govern over the minions. Communism and socialism is what they want anyway.

  13. Hey you pinheads from WaPo and the ignorant moron that penned this pile of excrement, we certainly don’t need this communistic idea. Why don’t you just say what Bloomturd keeps saying, that the average American citizen is too stupid to vote for our representatives and the president. Only the elites are “enlightened” enough to figure it out.

    From this idiots point of view, I believe that constitutes communistic takeover. Next thing you know you will be dismantling the Constitution and taking away our rights. Oh that’s right, you propaganda puppets and the “elite” democommies are already working on doing just that.

    You all are a treasonous disgrace to this nation. You ALL should be arrested and tried for crimes against the people and this nation.

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