Tell me again why we let certain states go early?
- The results from Iowa’s caucuses were within the state GOP’s margin of incompetence, leading to a result where Mitt Romney was able to claim the largely symbolic win over Rick Santorum (truthfully, it was a tie either way, but headlines don’t care).
- The South Carolina establishment reminded us, yet again, that they smear raw sewage on the knives before they put them in candidates’ backs. Every year we think: Gee, they can’t go any lower. Every year, they surprise us.
- And now we have Nevada. Nevada has a caucus. Nevada had less than 33K votes to count in that caucus. It took them a day – and if you’re wondering what the delay was, save yourself some trouble and just pick a random plausible-sounding screw-up, because it probably happened anyway.
Jim Geraghty wants to end the caucus system, and that’s not a bad idea – and what’s also not a bad idea is telling the early states in general, and Iowa in particular, that they don’t get to be first anymore. I recommend a hard date of March 1st for being the earliest date for a GOP primary, and if a state party doesn’t conform to that, then the national party refuses to seat their delegates at the convention. That’s it. Subject closed. No deals after the fact, no saving throw to get half delegates, no appeals; the system has simply become too annoying and tedious, as-is.
And no compromises on the date, either. That’s how it starts.