The Presidential Primary/Caucus process is broken.
Florida moved their primary in January, and the Democratic National Committee said, basically, “Get the fuck back in line, or we’ll take your delegates — and your voice in picking the next presidential candidate — away from you.”
Now Michigan is moving their primary into mid-January. Which means that New Hampshire has to move further up, and Iowa will move further still.
This is fucking ridiculous.
Yes, states want to have some say into the nomination process. It’s no fun to live in a state where the primary has no effect on the nominee or the issues.
But the end result of states crowding the front of the calendar to get a stake in the process is that the primary process has become front-loaded. We could very well have the nominees set by spring, with the actual conventions (and the traditional kick-off to the campaign season) four or five months later.
It’s going to take Congressional action, I think. No state may hold a presidential primary prior to 180 days prior to the general election. No more than five states may hold a presidential primary on a single day.
Fuck Iowa. Fuck New Hampshire.
The process has gotten out of hand. It’s broken. It needs to be fixed.