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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Spread out the Primaries and maybe we’ll choose a better President

Karl Rove has a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the madness that is the primary season has become and how it should be spread out to allow the candidates more time to get their message out to voters. Some examples he gives as to the extended campaign being a very recent phenomenon

“…Bill Clinton announced for president on Oct. 3, 1991. At this point in the 1992 presidential contest, he'd been a candidate for 10 weeks. George W. Bush made his first campaign speech on June 12, 1999. At this point in the 2000 race, he'd been a candidate for just over five months.”

And…

“In 2008 voting will also begin earlier than ever. In 2000, the Iowa caucuses were held Jan. 24. This time, they'll be Jan. 3. For the first time, some New Year's partygoers will still be nursing hangovers when they caucus.”

The season starting so early this time around was caused by several factor: Other states infringing on Iowa “first in the nation” status, the crowded field on both side and the general politicalization of everyday life in America (through blogs, talk radio, endless TV news coverage etc.) As we speed up our daily lives for instant gratification so is our political voting process speeding up and that leads to the fact that few candidates that may be slower to get and organization funded, get their message across and build a grassroots following have less time to get it done before they are voted out of contention.

“In the presidential 2000 race, 25% of the delegates were selected by March 7, 50% by March 14, and 75% of the Democratic delegates by April 4 and 75% of the Republican delegates by May 2. This time around, the 25% and 50% thresholds will be crossed on Feb. 5, and by March 4 over 75% of the delegates will be selected.”

Read article here: http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110011015

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