14 January 2005
There has been some discussion amongst reform Democrats of doing away with the early primaries for Iowa and New Hampshire. I would go further and attempt a nationwide one day primary, and hold it the day before the Convention. That way the totals would come in just as the nominating process starts. I like to think this would be a purer representation of the will of the people. The drawback is if there is no clear winner, and three or four candidates are viable. At this point it is out of the hands of the people, and up to the delegates, and there could be some nasty fights as deals are made. Overall, I admire the British elections. They are short and to the point, whereas ours drag on forever. There is already speculation over who will run in 2008, and campaign headquarters will probably be formed as soon as the 2006 elections are over.