Primary day open thread

Primary day open thread June 7, 2016

After today’s primary elections in several states, including big-delegate events in California and New Jersey, we should have a clearer picture of the national race.

More importantly, we can begin recovering from the primaryitis that’s prompted so much intramural nastiness over the past year or so. (I recommend a couple of prairie oysters, bed rest, and collectively remembering that the Republican nominee is Donald freaking Trump.)

The first time I was old enough to vote in a presidential primary was in Jersey, in 1988. (My candidate lost.) Sixteen years earlier, though, the New Jersey Democratic primary winner was Shirley Chisholm.

I’m with her. (AP photo of Rep. Shirley Chisholm in 1972 by James Palmer)

John Nichols’ article on Chisholm’s unlikely N.J. victory is worth reading to remember a piece of history that shouldn’t be forgotten. It’s also a helpful reminder that as painfully strange as the current primary rules may be (superdelegates, caucuses, etc.), they used to be even more confusing.

Anyway, my day got sucked away by college financing (we get funding in September for a bill due … today? Oh), so I got nothin.’

So let’s just make this a primary day open thread. Take that as one more chance to praise the strengths of your candidate, while acknowledging the strengths of the other. Or take it as one last chance to vent your primaryitis and get some shots in before the dust settles.

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