Does anyone understand why Ohio and New Hampshire are the first two states that participate in the Presidential Election process? Personally, the only thing I can figure out is somewhere along the way, someone determined that Ohio represents what the Heartland thinks and New Hampshire represents . . . something, I haven’t figured that out. Maybe lumberjacks, which I believe is a very important voter block in that part of the country. Seriously.
The whole primary thing is strange. I took Poli-Sci in college and got a decent grade too, so I’m not a complete idiot (there’s always room for improvement), but I’ve never understood why the process seems to be a few states here, a state there, and a few more states across the way. Nor have I fully understood why each state seems to have a different delegate process, caucus, closed primary, open primary, or what have you.
Maybe this nonsense all made sense 125 years ago when the candidates stumped by train, but in the twenty-first century we have not only the ability to get from coast to coast in a few hours, we have a well-maintained interstate highway system, and we have live, instantaneous transmission of news and information. We certainly aren’t limited to the telegraph, Morse Code, and Pony Express any longer.
So why can’t the states all adopt an open primary system, like we had in Wisconsin? Had, meaning they changed it a few years ago because the Democrats feared there’d be hanky-panky with cross-party voting to screw things up. Which is silly because Wisconsin has had an open primary system (where you can vote for any candidate in any election regardless of party affiliation, a closed primary means you can only vote for one party) as long as I could remember and it was running perfectly. To me, that is true democracy having the ability to vote for the best CANDIDATE regardless of party.
In addition to adopting an open primary system throughout the United States, they should revamp the entire primary election system in regards to which states vote when. What is wrong with dividing the country into eight or ten segments, depending on how the regions break down population-wise or geographically or such, so that the candidates then spend about a month in each segment campaigning. They have the vote at the end of the month and the candidates move on to the next segment of the country.
The candidates are limited to only advertising in that segment of the country for that month. They can’t run national ads, but they can make the national talk show circuit and hold debates. That way those who want to listen to their two-faced palaver can, and those of us who’d rather watch Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs can do that, too. They need to be truly limited to just the part of the country where they are campaigning and leave the rest of the country alone.
The whole process would take eight to ten months to complete. It’s a win-win situation. We don’t have to start hearing about the elections and who’s running and all that other nonsense until December of the year prior to an election or even February (which is I think how it used to be until everything went crazy).
I mean seriously, who isn’t already sick of this whole campaign? It’s been going on for two years already. That isn’t necessary.
Rudy Giuliani signed his presidential campaign’s death warrant yesterday. While campaigning in Florida, one support wanted him to sign his Green Bay Packers hat. Giuliani refused, but did sign a New York Giants hat.
Packer Nation is bigger than Rudy could ever imagine. They won’t take this kind of snub lightly.