Let’s see if I understand this:
In the City of Rochester a potential candidate wants to run for mayor and is openly discouraged by major figures in the interests of party unity. This is bad because pluralism and competition is good. In the town of Greece several candidates are interested in running for supervisor. One of these candidates is openly critical of the selection process as rigged. After a private talking-to by the party boss, presumably in the interests of party unity, the dissenter defers and the boss takes the nomination without ever declaring himself a candidate. This is good because competition and pluralism is bad. That makes sense.
Aren’t you really offering a theory about power politics rather than better democracy? The republicans are better because they quash dissent and the other side is clumsy at the same thing. The larger point gets lost here.
Is continued one party rule in Greece good for our community? Sometimes it seems like east siders treat the west side as if it were another country, where different and more primitive rules apply.