Primary Games

candidatesAccording to CBS News, “Republican leaders, forced to regroup after losing another race for the White House, voted to significantly shortening the lengthy, bruising state-by-state process that will select the party’s presidential nominee for the 2016 election.”  This seems like a bad idea.  I agree with Republican committeeman Morton Blackwell of Virginia who said: “I think we’re going too far in shortening this process. We need an adequate amount of time in order for presidential candidates to be tested.”

Just think of the long list of losers considered in the last Presidential election:

  • Bachmann
  • Cain
  • Gingrich
  • Huckabee
  • Paul
  • Perry
  • Pawlenty
  • Santorum

Romney, who was selected in the end, came close — selecting one of these others early would have surely led to a worse loss for the GOP. The GOP would do better to look for superior candidates, rather than shorten the primary campaign to avoid the embarrassment of unelectable candidates besmirching each other.

Our system of partisan primaries is complicated and confusing.  Wouldn’t it be better to have a national non-partisan primary on one day a short time before the general election? The two top candidates, regardless of party, would then compete head to head in the general election.

  • This system might select the most qualified candidates rather than party favorites.
  • Party shenanigans would be absent.
  • A sitting President would not necessarily be nominated.
  • It could be done on a single day.

Candidates could still attack each other’s views, but they would focus on political foes instead of allies.

© William Hungerford – January 2014

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