JollyRollie's Blog

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Primary Change!

There’s an old saying that goes: “Better late than never!” Regarding the primary elections, I’d like to change that saying to: “Better late than early.”

I believe we as voters lose out if the candidates are selected by March. The closer we can get the primaries to the general election, the better off we will be. This will give candidates who are presently serving as public servants more time to do their job to which they were elected. How much work does a governor or congressman get done when traveling across the country to campaign for another office? If the entire campaign were shortened, it might level the playing field among those who have nearly unlimited resources and those with more limited resources. Of course, we know that there is no one among the candidates who is poor; they just couldn’t afford it.

The various states are racing one another to determine who can stage the first primary. While this could be a public relations advantage for the winning state, it is harmful to the nation as a whole.

Selfishly, I would like to enjoy a political convention again where the outcome is unknown. I used to enjoy the balloting when it was not just a rubber stamp for what was already known.

Whatever happens, politics is a great sport. What do you think?