Texas has had “open” primaries as long as we’ve had primaries. Probably a holdover from being a one-party state since the Civil War, but voter registration has never included registering by party. The crossover factor has never been large, either. It's a very cynical concept, when you get down to it, because if you want to support nominees in one party, you chuck all that to vote against one nominee in another party, by voting for them. But you can't vote for anyone else, unless you think your vote is going to promote the worst candidates on the entire ballot for that party. And there you have to be careful what you ask for.Bernie Sanders’ wife went on Russian TV to explain why open primaries — like the SC Democratic primary on Saturday — are more “democratic” because they allow REPUBLICANS to vote for who the Democratic nominee should be. Sorry, Jane — THIS IS JUST WRONG! 😡pic.twitter.com/wnAkDSmekf— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) February 26, 2020
I did it one year, to vote against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick by voting for his opponent in the GOP primary. But I couldn't vote for any Democrats, and I didn't vote for many Republicans. My effort, part of what was as organized a campaign as anything Trump is doing now, failed. And, as I say, I couldn't vote for any Democrats. Granted some voters just want to vote for Trump and go home; but most primary voters actually care about down-ballot races, and giving that up to vote a "chaos vote" that may not produce any chaos at all, isn't nearly as attractive as pundits and on-lookers think it is.
I think going on Russian TV as the wife of a political candidate is about as smart as going in North Korean TV, but that’s another matter.