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January 31, 2005

Super Red-State Wednesday

Say you're a Democrat, one of those southern ones that are dying on the vine down here. How best to rescue the party from the domination by the northeastern Osama-applauding Bill Maherites?

I'm talking to ya'll, Mike, Marc.

Easy. Move up the 2008 primaries. Let New Hampshire keep its first in the nation status--there's no point in kicking up a ruckus--but schedule North Carolina's for the day after. Let the candidates decide how valuable New Hampshire's measly 22 delegates are in the face of our mighty 90. Heck, get together with Phil, Mark, and Joe, make it regional, and offer up 269 delegates. Call it "Super Red-State Wednesday."

Force the candidates to appeal to Howard Dean's pick-up driving Confederates first, and they'll have a hard time tacking left later, leaving them ideally positioned in the center, before the general election ever begins. Shoot, open the whole thing up so that any voter can vote for any candidate and the stampede to the center will be overwhelming

And if that change benefits a native son or two? It's all for the better then, isn't it? It surely beats the alternative, watching as the slow death of the Democrats in the South proceeds apace.

Update: It has been suggested that, were this to work, or that even before the first vote is cast on Super Red-State Wednesday, that other states would rush to move their primaries up as well, effectively front-loading the primary schedule to an even greater degree, thus compressing the schedule to such a degree that voters will not have time to detect the flaws in one or another of the candidates.

Sure they will. Let's take the front-loading idea to its logical extreme and say that in 2008, every state in the nation holds its primary on the same day in January. As in the recent general election, candidates will have to campaign nationally, or at least attempt to stitch together a critical number of states, forcing them to begin campaigning earlier. There's your extra flaw detecting time right there. Of course, the flip side is that we as an electorate will be subjected to even more campaigning.

Don't everyone thank me at once, now.

Ideally, we would not only hold a national primary on one day, but that day would be in, say, late June, but that might be a bit much to ask.

Posted by Bigwig at January 31, 2005 02:12 PM | TrackBack
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Not to pee on your parade, Bigwig, but NH state law requires our primary a week before any other primaries. Caucuses are OK, but there has to be a week between ours and anyone else's. That's why it keeps getting pushed back closer and closer to New Year's Day.

You'll get our primary away from us when you pry it out of our cold, dead, frozen fingers...

J.

Posted by: Jay Tea at January 31, 2005 07:50 PM

Ehh, we'll call them "caucases," then.

Posted by: Bigwig at January 31, 2005 08:39 PM
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