Halfway through the 2016 presidential primaries, we can all look back and be proud of how the democratic process worked again, just like it's supposed to. In state after state, Republicans and Democrats came together in a fair and open process to select the person they wanted to lead their party to victory in November. Right?
Wrong! I can't believe I'm actually writing these words, but: Donald Trump is right. About this one thing, at least: The primary process is rigged. By both parties, but especially by the Republican Party. And the system badly needs fixing.
In fact, unlike the general election, which is conducted according to national standards based on the principle of "one person, one vote," there's no one national set of rules for voting in the primaries. Instead, there are 100 different sets of rules. The Democratic and Republican party of each state sets its own rules on who may vote in their primary and who may not.