Sunday, August 19, 2007

America’s Primary Problem

NYT laments, rightly, about the farce what the American presidential primary system has become.
(http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/19/opinion/19sun3.html?n=Top%2fOpinion%2fEditorials%20and%20Op%2dEd%2fEditorials;
Deck the Halls With Politicos’ Folly )

The editorial suggests that voters should go for regional, rotating primaries by 2012. Very well suggested. The question is, which voters will effect this change? And how? Each state is simply following their state laws and their narrow interests. To assume that American State Leaders collectively have the wisdom to come together and to address this problem; is to expect too much. Let us face it – we have got all third rate State leaders. Who in right mind would think that Iowa and New Hampshire folks are ready to trade their ‘inflated’ sense of politics? These states will not. They are all quite eager to dump some wrong candidates on America, elections after elections.

Will these presidential candidates themselves talk about such a reform? Nay, no fat chance. They are all busy raising money and running in the rat race. If it means setting aside some national interests, well so be the case for these candidates.

One body which can address this problem is Congress. The other possibility will be then slew of Third Party Candidates who will make life miserable to Dem and GOP candidates who will be vulnerable all year long with the political mud playing. That will be at least some fun.


Umesh Patil
Cupertino, CA 95014
August 19, 2007.

No comments: