The arbitrary money and name-recognition game being played by the national Democratic Party in attempting to decide the presidential field is a lousy substitute for actual voters making their own choices. It cheats New Hampshire and other primary state voters and it may prevent the best candidate from having a reasonable shot at the nomination.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who hasn’t “qualified” for a seat at the party’s September TV debate, pointed this out last week.

Bullock won election in a state that went for Donald Trump. But he is now the only governor remaining in the Democrats’ field, Gov. Jay Inslee and former Gov. John Hickenlooper having dropped out, in part for falling short of the party’s money and polling numbers. (Interesting that a party that bemoans money in politics has placed such a high value on it.)

Bullock said he and the other governors are candidates with real governing experience. “So I think as we’re losing governors from this race, maybe we ought to think about: Are these DNC rules for the debates disadvantaging folks who have gotten real things done?”

If a candidate really has something to offer voters, he or she has a chance to make their case here in New Hampshire. Gov. Bullock and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett might want to hang on and let voters decide. But when your own party is discouraging you, it will take the guts and determination of a John McCain to do so.