topofutpatriot - What has changed is he has had experience with the type of
candidates both processes produce, and it is clear the signature route brings
candidates that are more mainstream to the primaries.Given primary
turnout still tends to be the hardcore folks though those mainstream candidates
still have a difficult getting through the actual primary though.
@patriot in LoganHe changed his mind, like hundreds of thousands of
others in Utah. The caucus/convention system isn't working. It worked
in the pioneer days when it was difficult for a candidate to get to everyone.
Not anymore. Voters are informed and knowledgeable and want to make their own
decision on the candidates, and the online capabilities made it relatively easy
for candidates to connect with them.
LaVarr Webb observed not long before Senator Robert F. Bennett’s loss at
the Party’s 2010 convention, "the Party’s elected neighborhood
representatives are schoolteachers, bankers, lawyers, truck drivers, homemakers,
and carpenters, hailing from every neighborhood in Utah. What sets them apart is
they care about government and they want to participate. They took the time to
join a political party, study the issues and the candidates, and to attend their
neighborhood caucus and run to become a delegate." What has changed Mr.
Webb in less than a decade?