Primaries: What If I Don’t Want Clams?
From Dave Barry’s column in the Miami Herald:
The Iowa/New Hampshire system is insane. It’s like a 50-table restaurant with a big, varied menu, except that only two tables are allowed to order. If these two tables order clams, for example, or Michael Dukakis, that’s what gets served to all the other tables.
I have to agree. Why is it so important what two states think? The primary system has always made me shake my head, because it really is a great (and depressing) example of the kind of bandwagon politics so rampant in this country.
Think about it: why should it be important who wins Iowa and New Hampshire (other than to the residents of those states)? Well, because that plays a strong role in who wins the next state. And then the state after that, and so on. As people start to detect a “front runner” many people pile on, not wanting to vote for the loser. If the majority of people truly made up their own minds, primaries wouldn’t mean much to anyone.
So what does that mean? If a couple of people in New Hampshire and Iowa like clams, we’ll all wind up eating them eventually. Bleech.
(H/T to Steven Taylor)