Days of Change

Unsurprising Consequences | June 1, 2015

I’m laying my marker now that Hillary Clinton some Democrat becomes president in 2016. The field (pasture?) of Republicans is growing by the day, most of them joke candidates with little chance of winning. Most of the legitimate candidates are staying out of it at the moment to keep their powder dry. I blame the GOP.

So, here’s the problem. The presidential primary (and caucus) system is stupid. It was created as a progressive reform to make the people more of a part of the process. That’s not how the parties want it, so they’ve manipulated the process. Democrats have superdelegates. They used them to shift the balance of support to Barack Obama when it looked like Hillary Clinton would make the race close. Republicans are closing up the primary schedule and reducing the overall number of approved debates to decide a winner fast and get them to the convention intact.

There are two ways to run for president. Have a ton of money in the bank from early donors or win early and get first crack at regular donors. Maybe three candidates have a source of money already (Carly Fiorina has her own, but if she’s not an idiot she won’t use it). Anyone who has any interest in running no longer has a chance to form an exploratory committee and feel out donors. They are using the 2012 model. Be the flavor of the week and win a primary, then try to get the support you need to run for the next primary.

Frankly, the Republicans (and Democrats, I guess) should just have the party bosses pick their candidates. The only reason they don’t is because people love rigged contests that look competitive. The “convention” is a big infomercial that the media tries to block when Republicans have a minority on-screen. It would be great if the GOP just decided to save their money and just pick Jeb Bush. Then he could spend all the campaign money on beating the Democrat.

That’s what’s going to happen anyway, except Jeb is going to lose.

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6 Comments

  1. We all know Jeb is a loser, but te RNC will pick him anyway. I think it’s called politisuicide.

    Comment by Mary — June 2, 2015 @ 12:55 am

  2. The parade of clowns–only Ronald Macdonald is missing–declaring for the GOP nomination has made the Party and it primary process a laughingstock.

    Comment by Mary — June 2, 2015 @ 1:04 am

  3. Lindsey Graham proves your theory right !

    Comment by DeniseVB — June 2, 2015 @ 5:12 am

  4. And ever time one of those fools says, “Me too,” he’s making a NO CONFIDENCE statement about the worthy contenders. What a boost to GOP morale. The Dems must be sr happy to have their work of discrediting the opposition done for them by that very opposition.

    Comment by Mary — June 3, 2015 @ 2:07 am

    • Republicans used to talk about the golden rule, Reagan’s admonition about not speaking ill of another Republican. In other words, common sense.

      Comment by 1539days — June 3, 2015 @ 5:26 am

      • The current parade of fools seems to bear no relation to those golden rule Repubs. These are not team players.

        Comment by Mary — June 4, 2015 @ 12:20 am


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