Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Our Presidential Primaries are Bullshit

Is it just me or does anyone else have a problem with the way our presidential primaries are conducted here?

Why should New Hampshire, 95% white, get to set the stage for the most powerful political office in the world (well, until recently).

This pissing contest between New Hampshire and other states to be "first" is outrageously undemocratic. So many states have primaries several weeks or months after the first few states, and by the time the vast majority of Americans have an opportunity to vote, some of the most ideal candidates have already dropped out due to the whims and fancies of the smallest fraction of American voters.

But it's an effective way for a corrupt political party to control outcomes by allowing several weeks of media manipulation to place a halo on some candidates and rip others to shreds.

It's sooooo American.

I wouldn't mind having several cluster (or "super") primaries each consisting of states with varied demographics and each primary cluster being relatively balanced with the others. That would be fair. But our current method of selecting nominees is complete and total bullshit.

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