Kyrsten Sinema, Vernon Parker and Why Top-Two Was and Is a Dumb Idea
Granted, the results might have varied if Dems and GOPers could vote in each others' primaries without switching party affiliation, and if Indies could more easily participate in each.
Still, I doubt the vote counts in Tuesday's CD 9 primaries would have been much different under Top Two. Which is fine, I guess, if you're a liberal Dem. Not so much so if you're an adherent of the Grand Old Party.
Similarly, Dems would be out of luck, as they largely are now in GOP-leaning legislative and congressional districts.
Sure, I guess if you were a registered D dwelling in uber-conservative CD 4 under Top Two you could have cast your ballot for gun-slingin' Ron Gould or Tea Party-hearty animal Paul Gosar. But would you have wanted to? I mean, if you're a Dem in that district, the only way to vote is with your feet and amscray. Top Two won't save ya.
Those arguing for Top Two maintain that a new and Edenic political world will open up before us once the system is in place. Voters will be more informed and engaged. Politicians will care more about the wants of the electorate, and party hacks will melt away like the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.
Sorry, I don't buy it. Top Two promises to be just another failed experiment by do-gooders, like the state's Clean Elections system, which effectively has been gamed by political extremists and greedy pols looking for free money.
I agree we all have an interest in more moderate political representation. However, redistricting has already had a positive impact, forcing wingnuts to the sidelines, and threatening an end to the Republican supermajority this November.
Not that I care that much about the proposal either way. I'm a little too cynical to believe that human nature can be so easily manipulated. There are no panaceas, no Utopias, and Arizona sure ain't the Harvard debate club.
Sand Land politics is like cage fighting with machetes. Top Two would not change this or end dirty tricks and political shenanigans.
If this last ditch legal gambit to put it on the ballot succeeds and the voters say yes to it, so what? This is the same electorate that put a gay marriage ban in the Arizona Constitution and voted for a sinister, incoherent boob like Governor Jan Brewer. That's why I can't help but view the proposal with a jaundiced eye, despite the good intentions of those advancing it.