Ran across this excellent point from 1972:
“After Carl Albert adjourned the 1968 Democratic National Convention sine die, a good many Democrats and Democrat-watchers left Chicago’s tear-gassed streets and stink-bombed hotels convinced that something was terribly wrong with the traditional way the party had gone about choosing its presidential nominee.”
For all the commotion about the 2012 Republican Race... it could be a lot worse.
--- Stag Staff
The Quotation: Ranney, Austin. 1972. "Turnout and Representation in Presidential Primary Elections," 66 American Political Science Review, pp. 21-37.