August 27, 2007

Another solution for the primary debacle

A letter writer in this morning's New York Times offers another solution to the front-loading problem.

Re “Michigan Joins the Race for a ‘Me First’ Primary” (news article, Aug. 20):

I have an idea for a primary schedule that would put an end to the bickering.

Primary elections would be held by states in alphabetical order, with five states holding elections every Tuesday for 10 weeks, beginning the first week in March and ending in mid-May. Every four years, the bloc of states that voted first in the previous election would rotate to the end of the order.

Over the course of 40 years, each state would get to vote first and last.

Joyce McCusker-Schaal
Herndon, Va., Aug. 22, 2007
What really gripes me about all of this is that what these state legislatures are doing is not what their citizens want. My goodness, they are all acting like kindergarteners in line on a playground when the teacher's back is turned.

The fact of the matter is that this front loading of the primaries and caucuses short changes all the states. None of them will get a good look at any candidate and our democracy suffers.

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