Approach of the 1972 Conventions
Uniqueness of the American Nominating System
The making of the president, 1972, already has begun. In precinct caucuses, in county, district and state conventions, and in primary elections beginning March 7 in New Hampshire, Democrats and Republicans are choosing or shortly will choose delegates to their national conventions. The Democrats will convene at Miami Beach on July 10 and the Republicans at San Diego on Aug. 21 to adopt party platforms and select nominees for President and Vice President. To the millions of Americans and foreigners looking on via television, the conventions probably will appear to be the usual confusing mixture of drama, tedium, and frivolity. Just as predictably, political commentators will complain that the convention system is unwieldy and ought ...