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Romney's Problems Didn't Start in 1968

Yes, the smoke-filled room is gone, but parties are still choosing their presidential candidates. Here's how it works.
And it's not the voters' fault either.

And it's not the voters' fault either.

Photographer: David Greedy/Getty Images

Did the Yippies (and other long-forgotten turmoil from 1968) cost Mitt Romney the 2016 presidential nomination? That’s the story Josh Zeitz tells in Politico Magazine today: Thanks to political reforms after the 1968 election (and the tumult of the Democratic convention), parties lost influence over the presidential-nomination process, and therefore repeat candidates such as Romney can no longer win.

Unfortunately, Zeitz botches the story horribly.