Stop the Insanity
MSNBC reports Michigan will move its primary to 01.15.08. It could be worse. They could have listened to Sen. Carl Levin who wants it on 01.08. These people have lost their minds. Moving Michigan means a good chance of pushing Iowa into 2007. Why don’t we go ahead and start things now in August? This is crazy. The positioning of such early primaries and caucuses means an even longer general election for voters to endure. 2008 was already set up to be the longest ever. The campaigns that get the nomination will have a real challenge maintaining the interest of voters for almost nine months.
The Republicans and Democrats need to get together and fix the primary creep. A good compromise would be to hold a national primary or a series of regional primaries sometime in March. Presidential campaigns would then start in the fall of the year before, and there wouldn’t be a fear of having campaigning bump into Christmas.
Disclaimer: I work for Friends of Fred Thompson.