DEMOCRATS: Round 1 to the Regulars

After the horror of the 1968 Chicago Convention, Democratic regulars and reformers were of a single mind: it must never happen again. Vowing to reform itself, the party appointed a 28-member commission to come up with ways of giving "all Democratic voters a full, meaningful and timely opportunity to participate" in choosing convention delegates. The commission issued an array of "guidelines," which were adopted by the Democratic National Committee. Any state party organizations ignoring the reforms, the National Committee warned, did so at peril of losing their seats at the 1972 Convention....

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