Thursday, January 03, 2008

Politics: Why I don't care yet

I know today is the Iowa caucus, and I know who the candidates are on both sides, but for me, it doesn't really matter. Our primary is in May, too late to have any real influence (usually) on the outcome. So the rest of the country gets to decide who the democrats are running for president. I find this really stupid and unfair. I've been watching the jockeying of various states to move their primaries earlier so that their state gets a voice in the primary. I think it's crazy, but I also understand. The primaries are just as important as the election to a lot of people. Sometimes the differences between candidates are pretty large, so there really is something to decide, and if you're in a state whose primary is too late, then naturally, you might want your primary to happen earlier. Here's what I don't get. Why can't we just all have our primaries on the same day? I mean, really, how hard would it be to have everyone vote in a primary the prior November, or even the prior May. It would boost turnout for local issues and candidates, too.

I'll pay attention if the primary looks close and of course, for the main election. But then I'll get depressed about the electoral college.