January 03, 2008
The Choose Your Own Adventure Election
At AmSpec today, I reflect on the unpredictability of campaign '08.
Posted by John Tabin at January 3, 2008 03:02 AM
Being a Republican, here are my thoughts on the primaries, including my solution to the race for presidency in 2012.
Third parties in the general election can't win, aka, Ross Perot. Third parties do, however, prevent someone else from winning, aka, Ross Perot getting 20 percent of the votes and enabling Bill Clinton to WIN with 43 percent over Bush One.
Third place primary candidates also can't win, aka Mike Huckabee. But third place candidates do, however, prevent someone else to win, aka, John McCain over Mitt Romney.
Voila! Here's the perfect solution for 2012.
First, the RNC sets up two primary dates. One will be in January; the other will be in February.
In the first primary, all of the existing candidates will be on the ballot. The primary will select the top two on the basis of most delegates aquired. But, here's the kicker. The first primary will be held in ONLY the RED states from this year's election.
By allowing just the red states to determine
the top two candidates, we get Republicans speaking. No matter who they are, i.e., libs, mods, or conservatives, they are Republican states and should be treated as such. Is it fair?
Yeah, why not? There will be motivation for the Republicans in the blue states to get their state to go red, so that next time, their state will be in the first primary.
If this year's election produces very few red states, then the Republican Party would have to take the best of the blue states. Perhaps they could take the ten closest states to being red.
In February, the second primary would take place, and ALL the states would vote. The one who wins the highest delegate count in this primary, would become the Republican standard bearer.
Not being a blogger, and not knowing how to get ahold of Rush Limbaugh, be advised you have my permission to go with this idea in a future column. I think it's original. All I've seen are complaints about our primary method, but not concrete solutions. Thus, if this idea ultimately
is adopted, great. And if not, well, we'll just continue to bumble along.
Take care. Sincerely, Gordon Clegg.