Politics of Instant Gratification

The Politico‘s Roger Simon laments the push toward early primaries: “The presidential nominating process used to have a beginning, middle and end. In 2008, it will have only a beginning. And then it will probably end.”

I disagree with his lament, as I have noted many times in past posts, and think the analysis that follows in the rest of his column is wrong. Still, that’s a really good lede.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    As the late Mayor Daley said, regardless of what things look like right now, somebody will be elected.

  2. Steph says:

    I think the national 1 day primary is a good idea except for one thing.

    The early primaries can weed out the field. One big one day primary might not get a clear winner.

    It is going to be interesting this tims as there are true races in both parties just go be nominated and what looks like a real battle next fall.