They are just coming out and saying it now
The ruling elite is having trouble manipulating us into voting against our interests, and it's going to cost them a share of their ill-gotten riches, so let's just scrap this democracy thing.
The WashPost seems to have gotten a lot of backlash because of that op-ed, so they renamed the article.
A better primary system would empower elites to bargain and make decisions, instructed by voters.
For decades, the conversation about nominations has been about the conflicts between party elites and everyone else. Today, that conversation is counterproductive. A better approach is to think about how voters and elites could best play their different roles: to make their political parties more representative while ultimately narrowing the nomination choice down to one person. And the best way to do that would be through preference primaries.
Preference primaries could allow voters to rank their choices among candidates, as well as to register opinions about their issue priorities — like an exit poll, but more formal and with all the voters. The results would be public but not binding; a way to inform elites about voter preferences.
See? All the process of democracy, but without any actual democracy.
However, in sticking with the theme, the paper of Bezos put out other articles with an interesting titles.
>"Democracy dies in darkness"
>"Do people actually want more Democracy in their lives" pic.twitter.com/p7fPf5dFVX
—(@ProjektVayo) February 19, 2020