There is something grand about democracy and letting voters make up their own minds. Perhaps in an internet age and with grass roots organizing we have just passed the time when leaders can tell folks who they should vote for. Ronald Reagan certainly played that to the hilt with union members. Perhaps all the candidates who were in the hunt for a consensus endorsement can now cease straining for approval from leadership and go out and campaign the old fashioned way. Well that and buy millions of dollars of ad time.
UPDATE: Pehaps it has already had a liberating impact on Thompson.