Daily Editorial: Enough with Iowa
Vail CO, Colorado
No state ” not even behemoths like California and Texas ” deserve the intense attention Iowa gets every four years when the presidential campaign begins there.
This year, candidates again spent hundreds of millions fawning over a speck of the U.S. population; and then a minuscule number of that speck actually showed up to participate in the strange ritual of the caucuses.
So has the speck burst Hillary’s bubble of inevitability? Has the speck truly turned the Republican race on its head? Or is Rudy just lurking, waiting the cream the field.
Well, will see what a slightly smaller speck ” the voters of New Hampshire ” have to say about who gets to deal with Iraq.
The flaws of this process were revealed this election season when the states, shoving and elbowing each other out of the way like holiday sale shoppers after discount DVD players, tried to make their primaries or caucuses the first in the nation.
The solution is neither new nor complex. The idea of revolving regional primaries have been around since the early 1990s, and let’s hope the parties finally come to their senses and implement it before the 2012 election.
The way it works hardly needs explaining: the country is divided into four or five regions that each hold one primary. To rid of us of the kindergarten-kid concerns of who gets to go first, the regions would take turns going first every four years.
But let’s hear from someone who’s been through the process:
“Regional primaries are not as intimate as living rooms in Cedar Rapids and Portsmouth,” former Florida senator and governor Bob Graham wrote in the New York Times last summer. “But they might accomplish what the 2008 primary season probably will not: a comprehensive and meticulous screening of the men and women who would be president.”
” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board
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