There's cause for concern about party role in democracy – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Only worrywarts find anything but comic relief in Minneapolis DFL politics, I am advised. Most folks only snicker at a political operation that requires 12 hours to cast one inconclusive ballot for mayoral endorsement — and whose candidates for City Hall are pressed on matters ranging from climate change to urban goat husbandry.

Maybe so. But in my line of work, worrying about the state of Minnesota democracy is a professional obligation.

Political parties matter to this state’s ability to govern itself. And it’s a sign of institutional weakness — isn’t it? — when in the very epicenter of DFL power, the party faithful are unable to coalesce sufficiently to bestow an official blessing in the year’s marquee contest.