Wednesday, August 8, 2007

What Is The Deal With Being The First Primary/Caucus?

States keep moving up the dates people will vote for the candidate they what to see run as a republican or democrat. They call these events either primaries or caucuses. For some reason states feel they have to be first. They have leapfroged each other so much there is fear this may begin as early as Christmas if this keeps up.

From The Washington Post:

South Carolina's Republican Party will move its 2008 presidential primary forward to Jan. 19, sources said yesterday, a decision almost certain to spark a cascade of calendar changes that could push the start of voting to New Year's Day or even to before Christmas.

The move, set to be announced today, is likely to cause the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses to be shifted at least to early January, and other states are actively angling to stake out spots earlier in the process.

I hear their claims why they do this, but for the life of me I don't see why it is such a big deal. My vote would not be altered by an outcome of a previous state who has already voted, but I guess early outcomes do swede some voters. Still, I can't see it being that significant, but as states are so adamant that they are first, I guess I am wrong. But to me it is still silly, like five year olds who argue over who gets to be first. Just put them all on the same day like the actual election and let everyone be first. (Actually, I shouldn't care since I can't vote in the primary/caucuses since I am registered as an independent.)


  1. The reason why they can't have them all on the same day is because they are determined by the states. It is a power reserved to the states (10th Amendment). So states do what ever they want to do and the Federal Government cant say anything. Now why they keep moving them up, that is unknown and mysterious, but oh well.

    I too can't complain because I am also unaffiliated with any political party.

  2. Joe, I'm shocked at you! How could you think that the leaders of major political parties could act like 5 year-olds?

    Besides, as everybody knows, first is the worst, second is the best, so they should all be fighting to go second, not first.


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