Fitting the party to a real candidate rather than forcing the candidate to contort himself to fit a static platform makes a lot of sense. You'll get a more genuine party leader, and the primary would determine where a substantial coalition could be formed. Most important, the process would put a premium on policy.
No candidate would strain to abide by principles he does not hold dear. Special-interest factions lose their sway as candidates build their own coalition.
So 2016 presidential wannabes, shape your own agenda, recruit your own coalition and determine how you are going to fund it. But don't spend any time trying to be all things to all parts of a coalition that for all intents and purposes no long exists.
Excerpted from washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn