As a resident of one of the most populous (blue!) states in America, I am currently powerless to choose among the full roster of candidates in my party. (Oh, Chris Dodd, why are you not among the top three!) Once a nominee is chosen, it doesn’t matter whether I vote for that nominee or not. Then, the nominee has to run for an additional year, spending more and more millions that he/she has to somehow gather from whomever will give it. Finally, when I do vote in the election, my vote will not count and in some states, would be subject to massive election fraud. Pardon me for being a bit underwhelmed.
As Imaginary Preznit of the United States, I would enact these reforms:
1) One national election day. Instant runoff voting would serve the same purpose as the primaries. Election day would be a national holiday, and anyone who votes would get a bonus of some sort – $100 in the mail, a percentage point knocked off their taxes – you get the idea.
2) Stealing from Old Yurp – Election season is 6 weeks long and is completely financed by the gummint. No private donations allowed. Also, equal, free (paid for by gummint) media time. Each candidate gets the same amount of time and/or space to advertise.
3) Hand-counted paper ballots. I’d rather wait a couple of weeks to know the results of the election than be worried Chuck Hagel’s voting machines will “shockingly” elect Republicans like him.
But since none of these things are reality right now, I hope those freaking Iowans do the right thing and listen to the Krug. We need a fighter – someone who will beat back the forces of Fascism once and for all.
It ain’t Barack.