Obama is going to get the Democratic nomination. There are no two ways about it. So, there’s really no point in the Democrats having a primary election, is there? If Democrats (or anybody, really) are so dissatisfied with the Republican party and its candidates, they should re-register as Republicans and then vote in their primaries for a Republican candidate they think could actually do a decent job. It doesn’t really matter if they disagree with their policies or political standpoints. The important thing is to get a candidate in there who won’t destroy the country (or the world, for that matter) if they end up being elected. If voters really want to change the face of the Republican party, they need to do it from within - like an undercover cop working with drug-dealers. Most probably view this idea as some kind of personal betrayal, but it’s not like being a Republican is a lifetime membership or anything. They can always re-re-register as Democrats again. Besides, one doesn’t need to be a Democrat to vote for Obama in 2012 anyway.
Gun enthusiasts (conscientious ones, anyway) hold the philosophy that there’s no such thing as an unloaded gun. This mantra serves to ensure that people will be more careful handling their weapons and reduce the likelihood of accidental shootings. Likewise, graphic designers and art directors (conscientious ones, anyway) know that you should never show an idea to a client that you don’t want them to pick because, chances are, they’re going to pick the one stupid idea they’re shown. These are examples why Americans (ALL Americans) should be mortified at the notion of having anybody on the ballot for President of the United States who isn’t fit for the job. If more people had had this philosophy ten years ago, this country might not have had to sit through eight years of irreversible damage caused by Dubya.
The whole point of Democracy is to have a choice. If a hungry person goes into a restaurant, the menu doesn’t give them an ultimatum of either soup or cyanide. They may not like soup, but they’ll certainly eat it if the other choice is poison. It’s better to go into a restaurant and have a choice of soup or salad. Some people like one, some people like the other. Both are free to decide which they want and neither are wrong. That’s what Democracy is (or should be) and even if one doesn’t like the taste of a particular candidate, they should at least be able to appreciate that someone else does. Nobody wants to eat poison and nobody wants it to run the country, either. Unfortunately, in America, not enough people would recognize poison even if it was killing them. So, it’s up to the rest of us to make sure it stays off the menu.