Wednesday, June 8, 2016
TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
PRICE: $15 Members; $20 Non-members (includes hors d’oeuvres)
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception
Does the primary process actually work? Is it rigged?
Less than a week before the DC Democratic Party Primary, come hear political insider and elections xpert Elaine C. Kamarck share insights into the presidential nominating process.
Ms. Kamarck, author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Politics, will explain how the primary process became the baffling system we have today. Her focus is the largely untold story of how presidential candidates since the early 1970s have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change. She describes how candidates have sought to manipulate the sequencing of primaries to their advantage and how Iowa and New Hampshire came to dominate the system.
DC Democratic delegates from the Clinton and Sanders campaigns will add their views to the discussion—and welcome questions from the floor.
Elaine C. Kamarck is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings, where she directs the Management and Leadership Initiative. She is a public sector scholar with wide experience in government, academia and politics. An expert on government innovation and reform in the United States, she has focused on the presidential nomination system and American politics and has worked in many American presidential campaigns.
The book Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates will be available for purchase and signing.