The electoral dance isn’t over yet

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

Molly Ivins made famous the old political saying, “You got to dance with them what brung you,” in her 1998 book by the same name, referring to how officeholders often “owe” various interest groups and people who helped them get elected. But the same could be said about the methods that political parties use for picking candidates — all candidates within a political party have to dance to the rhythm set by their party’s selection system. And once the music starts, it’s too late to change songs.