Saturday, January 5, 2008


Iowa’s over and New Hampshire comes in three days. On Friday, David Brooks put the best possible face on the results from Iowa, that is unless you were a supporter of any of the other candidates than Obama and Huckabee. Kos says that Clinton lost big in Iowa—her one-time 25 point advantage over Obama in New Hampshire now a –10 point deficit.

However you feel about the results, unless you are from Iowa, New Hampshire, or one of the other “early” states this year, you may wish there was another way for parties to select their nominees, a process in which you had some way to participate before the selections were a done deal.

Friday’s New York Times editorialized about a way: “the country should adopt a more sensible and more representative system of regional primaries, in which states are divided into regional groups that vote on a designated day. The honor of going first would rotate year to year among the regions. That would give a far broader range of American voters a say in this vitally important choice.”

The concept is staggeringly sensible and representative; maybe enough to kill it, even if coming from the NYT didn’t doom it from the start. There are probably others. Getting one of them adopted is another question. Is it worth the effort?

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