“The Weakest Link” is a television game show that breaks the mold by embarrassing and trivializing its players. The show is hosted by Jane Lynch (her name ironically is aptly appropriate). Eight contestants are the first to compete for the illusory pie in the sky win of up to $ 1 million. Participants in the weak link are “eliminated” round by progressive round, until only two are left. The expelled left with a deprecating fair sick. Each round of questions has a base of $ 1,000. Possible wins in the first round will start at $ 25,000. The following rounds gradually climbed to $ 500,000. Players must correctly answer trivial questions by climbing Jacob’s Ladder of accumulated winnings that can be “banked” as outstanding amounts. One wrong answer breaks the chain. Winnings not previously “banked” fell to $ 1,000. Players initially work together to accumulate as much money as possible by voting to eliminate players who are weakly trivia savvy. At the end of the game, after eliminating the trivia duds, the weakest link metric is flip-flop. The strongest link that correctly answers more questions and banking the most money strategically becomes the weakest link in the final round where only the two remaining players will compete against each other. The player who answers more questions correctly in the last round will get a fairly moderate loot accumulated. The loser gets zilch, nada, with a dash of Homo Lynchiens ridicule.
In the entertainment domain, “The Weakest Link” has a political counterpart in Colorado primary election laws. The test show is however dwarf compared to the Inquisition of primary election politics. The two major political parties are holding major elections before the general election in November. Separate primary elections are held to nominate a party candidate to run for the presidency (voters actually vote for voters to represent them in the Electoral College). Major elections are semi-closed. The caucuses of the local political party precincts are the first round, followed by the second round of state assemblies. They are closed (restricted to registered party members). At the meeting stage, up to two candidates in each elective office may be put on the ballot of the political party’s main election. These trials cut the weakest candidate. Up to two strongest-linked aspirants for each office will be placed on the party’s primary ballot in the third and final round of a primary election. The winners of a political party are vying for office in a general election. The winner will get the office you are looking for. The loser gets a zilch, nada, with a dash of embarrassment coming from the defeat.
As in the game show “The Weakest Link”, the main election game flip-flops in the third round. Non -affiliated registered voters can vote for candidates of either party, but not both. They can strategically launch biases by voting for the weakest candidate link of a political party they oppose. The shedding of unrelated blood in the veins of a political party builds up and builds up in the party’s circulatory system of the party’s true followers. It threatens the integrity and viability of our country’s two main party political systems that have long served as the foundation of political continuity and stability. Multi-party countries with consensus breaking leverage on their country’s political destiny are often skeptical and become unhinged because of unstable or fragile coalitions.
The PAC (political action committee) pools campaign contributions to fund political campaigns that promote the election of their party’s candidates. In the most recent major election in Colorado, they secretly spent heaps of money for opposing party candidates who were considered the strongest link, or favored its weakest link, increasing the likelihood that their party’s candidates would prevail in the general election. They pushed divisive prejudices or single issue hot buttons directed at opposing party candidates. Such psychological gerrymandering shifts the political debate by keeping the manipulative undercurrent. This practice, as territorial gerrymandering, constitutes a subterfuge that is contrary to electoral integrity based on the open and clear debate inherent in democracy. Legitimate political advocacy occurs when political parties put their cards on the table for voters to consider, stating the merits of their candidates and the key issues they advocate, rather than destroying the opposition by jokers that would even cause Jane Lynch to blush in extreme embarrassment.
Ralph Josephsohn is a longtime Longmont resident and a semi-retired attorney.