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Billionaire politics control America's primary system

Billionaire politics control America's primary system

The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold. GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into political campaigns — and they are, by the billions of dollars. But the Law of Unintended Consequences frequently rules the practice of politics, and it has once again. Republican candidates are hauling in so much money that the flood of cash has washed away the Darwinian system of natural selection that previously allowed parties to pick their nominees. In the past, if candidates polled poorly, their fundraising would dry up and they'd...