The usual astute Peter Callaghan seems to have lost his way (column, 2-12).
He states the Republican caucuses are undemocratic. The Pierce County Republican caucus is structured by like-minded volunteers of modest financial means. There are no paid Pierce County Republican staff, and the organization is continually financially challenged. Also, there are no special interest groups influencing the volunteers. It is truly a grass-roots organization.
To be fair, Callaghan should enlighten the public on the undemocratic influences.
The president of the United States campaigns with government resources as does his staff, along with the public bureaucrats. Billionaires like George Soros and Warren Buffett throw their money into politics, as do Hollywood people who use their personalities and wealth to influence the political process. The unions are normally funded by payroll deductions, and the funds are liberally used in politics.
Then there are the candidates themselves who are multimillionaires who have almost unlimited funds versus their poorer opponents with limited funds.
There is an adage: Money buys an election. There is no outside money involved in the Pierce County caucuses that is open to those sympathetic to Republican principles. The delegates to the Republican National Convention will be independent of the real undemocratic people.