Democratic and Republican wannabes for President will most likely emerge from Super Tuesday with no clear consensus on who will be their party’s nominee for the next temporary resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
That’s not the way any of them wanted it to work. Each pretender to the throne wanted to lock up the nomination on Feb. 5. Mathematically, none of them will.
The primary season will drone on: Republican John McCain could clinch his party’s nomination this month but – barring a breakaway victory – the battle between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could drag on right up to their party’s convention.
Like most of the hype and hoopla that surrounds the Presidential nomination process, the prolonged primary season is just another example of excess. Why don’t we simplify the process by having just one national primary on one Tuesday and get the whole thing over with?
The drawn-out primary process is a political dinosaur. Some states pick delegates not by election but by an arcane caucus system that is neither an exercise in democracy or representative of the wishes of a majority. Other primaries are boring yawns where a slight percentage of registered voters select the delegates who then go to conventions to party, get drunk, get laid and – if they have time – select their party’s nominee for President.
Wouldn’t it be more representative to just schedule the first Tuesday in, say, April for all states to hold primaries and vote for the candidate of their choice?
Campaigning for the primaries could be limited to 60 days before the national primaries. After the primary, campaigning could be suspended and not start again until after Labor Day, giving the candidates 60 days to make their case to the voters before the November general election.
Then we could scrap the yearlong process heading up to the Iowa caucus, scrap the expensive and wasteful conventions that serve no useful purpose, and give both candidates and voters a much-needed rest.
Simple? Yes. Too simple? Perhaps to those who feel elections must extend over too-long periods of time, cost too much money and confuse voters with too much hype and hysteria.
America’s political system, like the government is serves, is out of control. One need only look at the kinds of candidates the system produces and the so-called leaders we finally “elect” to realize that what we have is broken and doesn’t work.
Maybe it’s time to pull out a clean sheet of paper and start over.