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Ring’s ‘Power’ Play: U.S. Leader Not Tops

Michael J. Ring’s excellent article advocating reform of the American primary system [“Reforming Primary Politics,” Apr. 4] was marred only by its closing line, which stands as an amusing illustration of American navel-gazing: “Surely Democrats and Republicans alike would like to spend more than a month deciding who they wish to nominate for the most powerful leader of the world.”

Here we learn that the President of the United States is not only the leader of the world, but that he is the most powerful leader of the world. (Is there a hierarchy? Is Kofi Annan the least powerful leader of the world?) Rest assured that this comes as news to the several billions of his ‘constituents’ worldwide who are ineligible to participate in the American primaries.