" The presidential nominating process is utterly unequipped to deal with such a large field. If you were hiring someone for a vitally important job, would you begin by interviewing 10 applicants at a time, hoping that the ones with the snappiest sound bites might also be most qualified for the job? That’s the bizarre logic behind this week’s Democratic presidential debates.That abundance of candidates may seem like a good thing — democracy! — but it isn’t (remember 2016?) Donald Trump was nominated because his mainstream opponents could not knit their supporters into a majority, in effect ceding power to an intense minority within the party. His poll numbers barely cracked 35 percent through mid-March and still hadn’t reached 50 percent when the race effectively ended in early May."