Primaries: The Judge Gets an Argument

The landscape of New York State Democratic politics is like a long-contested battlefield, littered with the bones of fallen warriors, marked with monuments to victorious but transient knights, occupied in places by warring if ostensibly fraternal tribes. Leading Democrats themselves have described the factions of the state party as "feudal baronies," cannibalistic and almost nonexistent as an organized force. One leader on the party's left says simply: "It's a legal fiction." The very real cast of characters includes organization conservatives and liberals, anti-organization insurgents and reformers, some in and some outside...

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