Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Primary System is Flawed, and What We Can do to Fix It.

I wanted to write a note about why I think we need a new primary system and what I think would be a good idea. Now I know that this has absolutely no bearing on reality and is not about to spur a national discussion, but I am willing to give it a go anyway.

The primary system as set up now completely stinks. I don't feel that I need to elaborate on this, as it has been talked about many many times. Two or three states get to have all the say in who becomes the candidates for their respective parties. This has caused a jockeying among states to get as early as possible in the schedule. My own state, Michigan, tried this and was punished by the democratic party by removing all of our delegates from the national convention. I personally am proud of my state, and Florida for stepping up and making this a national issue. At the same time I recognize that if Michigan and Florida were first all the time, it would represent a similar disparity. Instead of always talking about corn and ethanol, the candidates would always talk about saving the domestic automobile manufactures. So below you will find my wacky off the wall solution.

We need a rotation based model for the primaries. What I mean by this is that the states that go first would be rotated on a set schedule. This would eventually allow all sates to play a major part in the election. So one year it would be Iowa and New Hampshire. The following it would be Nebraska and South Carolin...etc. I don't know if it would be better to set up the rotation schedule far in advance, or work more like a lottery system that is drawn after the previous primary season is over. I am more inlined to support a straight rotation model. This way every state would get their time in the sun. This would also preserve what many see as the hallmark of early voter contact. That is the main reason I am agasint a national primary day. It would eliminate intimate voter contact, and require that any candidate have massive funds available to them so they could run a national campaign from day one.

Anyone out there have any opinions of this plan....?

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