jflashmontana stated that my first two objections to the MA fusion ballot initiative were incorrect and looking at the revised ballot initiative, he is correct. My mistake, glad to see that they listened to my comments when this ballot initiative was first put forth. However, political designations do not have state committees as legal entities, so how party oversight works for them is unclear.
Additionally, the description on the Sec. of the Commonwealth’s web site is not clear whether the state party can choose another candidate or can only object to the winner.
Still, these changes alter point 3 only partially. If a "Working Families" party got the "progressive Dem" and the Democrats got the "conservative Dem", they would still be left with the issue of do they endorse the "progressive Dem", run no one, or, if this is allowed, put the "conservative Dem" on because the Republican is so bad, thus subverting the will of their own voters.
Fusion also does not change the more fundamental issue which is:
How does a party advance its ideas if they endorse the candidates of other parties and not their own parties?
Debates can be pretty important, as well as candidate advertising and events. Having your own candidate helps to get your ideas across to a wide group of people. I am sure that grassroots door-knocking can be effective, and have seen Greens and others use it effectively. However, having someone articulate your parties ideals along with grassroots door-knocking seems more effective than just grassroots door-knocking for another party’s candidate.
I checked http://www.mydd.com/story/2005/8/27/14386/2671 as jflashmontana suggested. A lot of good comments on the problems with Fusion and how IRV is a better approach. Thanks for the link.