The fact that the 1972 presidential election introduced the formalities and some of the ideals of law into the gestation of national political power has been overshadowed by revelations about other aspects of the election campaign. But it will not be long before power will have to be organized and generated again from apartment blocks, meeting halls, and coffee parties, and ultimately incarnated in another President. At some point hearing examiners for the National Democratic Party will appear again in various communities. Rules will be studied, records made, and appeals taken, all for the purpose of deliberately deciding who may participate in the process of choosing the President. At this point it may well appear that the adoption of elaborate rules: for the selection of delegates to the Democratic National Convention was an event of more fundamental importance in the history of political democracy than even the recent impeachment proceedings.
Vining, Joseph. "Delegate Selection Reform and the Extension of Law into Politics." Va. L. Rev. 60 (1974): 1389-413.