Is it just me, or is there something wrong with an electoral system where the field of one party gets winnowed down to just two candidates before the vast majority of the party’s supporters get to cast a ballot? I’m sorry, but I still must strongly disagree with my friend Dick J., who insists that the current system would be better than what I believe is a common-sense alternative: have all the primaries/caucuses take place on the same freaking day.

The corporate media have far too much influence as it is, and that isn’t going to change without serious media reform and campaign financing reform. Furthermore, having the elections on the same day isn’t going to change the bipartisan gullibility and cowardice of the vast majority of the electorate. However, if nothing else, it might give the more sparsely funded candidates (who are usually the best choices) a chance to lay it all out without having to run a financial marathon. And it would eliminate the horse-race coverage from the actual caucusing/balloting. Maybe, just maybe, that would encourage the electorate to do a little more homework about their voting choices.

Ah, who am I kidding?

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  1. Jeff says:

    More heresy: get rid of the electoral college completely. One person, one vote.

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