Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The sorry way we nominate a President

My friend and fellow East Tennessee blogger Terry Frank has uncovered the report in the Knoxville News-Sentinel that there is a bill about to sail through the Tennessee General Assembly that would move the Tennessee Primary from February 12th to February 5th-"Super Tuesday."

Apparently, the impetus to make the move came from Democratic Party Chairman Gray Sasser and Republican Chairman Bob Davis, who are said to be concerned that Tennesseans will have "no influence" over the selection of the Presidential nominee if the Primary is not moved. I strongly oppose this frontloading of Primaries because it will make it virtually impossible for "darkhorse" candidates to have any opportunity to succeed.

Had either Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton had to deal with the nomination system as it apparently will exist in 2008, neither man would likely have been nominated. The 2008 system will likely result in the nomination of a candidate might not even have set foot in many of the States he or she will win in the days immediately preceeding that State's Primary.

The present system also relegates our political conventions to the realm of nothingness. This is a dangerous turn indeed for Presidential elections in our country, and is something I feel so strongly about that I made it the subject of my radio podcast today.

Oatney On the Air-March 7, 2007

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