The old system at least made a little sense when it took weeks to get from one end of the country to another.
That is no longer the case.
In a bid to make themselves more relevant in the presidential nominating process, state after state has jockeyed for position to be the first in line. The latest is South Carolina, whose GOP Chairman has now moved their primary up to January 19, which virtually guarantees that Iowa will move theirs so far up that it’s not even in the same calendar year as the election.
I’ve always taken issue with Iowa being first out of the gate anyway. I don’t think we can ever have a president that represents the true diversity of the United States when, in most cases, the fundraising follows the candidate chosen by a state as racially diverse as the Mayflower.
In this day and age, it simply no longer makes sense to decide this on a state by state basis.
Perhaps that’s an easy thing to say as a resident of a state whose primary never actually makes a difference in the presidential race. By the time Tennessee rolls around on the calendar, the primary is a forgone conclusion and the second tier candidates are dropping like flies.
Then again, the current system does nothing but guarantee that corn subsidies will never go away, and every candidate pretends that corn-based ethanol is the answer to our energy needs.