Friday, October 07, 2011
The idea that New Hampshire should be the first state to hold a primary for the presidential nomination has long been silly, but the state makes it a point of pride to be the leader. This has set up constant jockeying among other states who move their primaries up as well. It is all sophomoric and should have been done away with many elections ago. New Hampshire is intent on getting this publicity because there isn't much else for the state to crow about on the national political scene. If primaries were held according to population, California, Texas, New York and Florida would be the first ones to vote. The nomination process would be more equitable because the greatest proportion of voters in the US would have their say. But no, instead we have New Hampshire. There are times when publicity doesn't make sense. This is one of them.