A modest proposal

Could someone please explain to me how it is that Clinton was apparently “the only top tier Democrat on the ballot” (AP news wire) in Michigan? I really don’t understand how this works.

Also, this article is really excellent – it talks about how Romney (or Governor Goodhair, as we used to call him out here in Massachusetts) totally pandered to the Michigan voters, lying to them about things he would try to do (you know, fabricate auto industry jobs out of thin air) rather than advise them to go green in auto technology, like McCain did. Unfortunately, pandering apparently worked. But anyone who’s been to a poetry slam knows that it does at least 25% of the time. In poetry slams, however, the best person usually wins in the end. Same in the NBA Finals, probably in other sports. I wish I could say I believed the same would be true in politics.

Which brings me to a proposal. What if we forced our politicians to face off in a best-of-seven match up, like in the NBA? A series of 7 debates, with elections held afterwards, focused on different states and different issues each time, in a series of 1:1 match-ups. I think it would make a lot more sense and be a lot more interesting than our current primary system, which, by the way, have I mentioned that I don’t understand?

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~ by realsupergirl on January 15, 2008.

13 Responses to “A modest proposal”

  1. I am sure you could google the Michigan thing for a more complete and accurate response, but here’s what I heard on NPR this afternoon: The democratic party is punishing Michigan for changing their primary to an earlier date so none of the delegates will count. Doesn’t completely answer your question, but it gets you on the right path…..

  2. Michigan and Florida moved up their primaries without permission from the party. Fearing that if they (the party) allowed Florida and Michigan to get away with it, every State would do it, the Party stripped Michigan and Florida of their delegates making the primaries ‘beauty contests’ with little meaning. All of the major candidates pledged not to run campaigns in Florida or Michigan, and Edwards and Obama pulled their names from the Michigan ballots.

  3. Michigan decided to move it’s primaries up to beat Super Tuesday. The DNC decided they didn’t like that, so are not going to recognize the results of the contest. Therefore, the other top tier candidates pulled their name off the ballot and no one has campaigned there. Here’s a pretty good summary of it: http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/09/michigan.primary/index.html

  4. And it kind of creeps me out how when I started typing my response you had no comments, and now I’m the third. Dang wanting to find a news article for you! 🙂

  5. And it kind of creeps me out how when I started typing my response you had no comments, and now I’m the third. Dang wanting to find a news article for you! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the link.

    What’s really disturbing is that none of the media sources I read mentioned the fact that the Michigan primary is basically pointless – they’re acting like it’s just like any other primary, perhaps manipulating the outcome of other primaries.

  7. Figures that the one race Romney could actually win would be under false pretenses. He is about as phony a politician as they come. Blech.

  8. The republicans had a real primary, just the dems decided theirs didn’t count.

  9. Regarding the media coverage: NPR’s coverage this morning definitely made it clear the Democratic primary in Michigan didn’t count. There’s also bee a lot of talk on NPR over the past week about the reason the Dems are focusing on SC and Nevada, since Florida and Michigan won’t score them any delegates.

    Regarding the debate proposal: It sounds interesting at first, but I disagree. The debates are pointless contests to see who can come up with the best sound bite or comeback line. There’s not enough time in a debate to really answer a question in any meaningful manner – “Please explain your stance on immigration policy. You have 60 seconds.” Not happening. At least not in any reasonable and intelligent way. Unfortunately, the average American attention span is too short to sit through a candidate’s complete explanation of their position on an issue (the little cynical voice in my head says, “not that s/he has one beyond what their handlers provide”). Debates get us platitudes and catchy sound bites, with an occasional zinger of a comeback line. Kinda like cotton candy, tasty and fun but completely free of meaningful content.

  10. Regarding the media coverage: NPR’s coverage this morning definitely made it clear the Democratic primary in Michigan didn’t count. There’s also bee a lot of talk on NPR over the past week about the reason the Dems are focusing on SC and Nevada, since Florida and Michigan won’t score them any delegates.

    Regarding the debate proposal: It sounds interesting at first, but I disagree. The debates are pointless contests to see who can come up with the best sound bite or comeback line. There’s not enough time in a debate to really answer a question in any meaningful manner – “Please explain your stance on immigration policy. You have 60 seconds.” Not happening. At least not in any reasonable and intelligent way. Unfortunately, the average American attention span is too short to sit through a candidate’s complete explanation of their position on an issue (the little cynical voice in my head says, “not that s/he has one beyond what their handlers provide”). Debates get us platitudes and catchy sound bites, with an occasional zinger of a comeback line. Kinda like cotton candy, tasty and fun but completely free of meaningful content.

  11. I don’t think that is true about all debates. It depends on how they are structured. The ABC/Facebook one prior to the NH primary was pretty good, at times still not open enough. I’ve seen others that are exactly as you describe it. But I don’t think they HAVE to be like that, and I do feel that the more I get to hear the candidates talk to one another, uninterrupted by each other, moderators, or commericals, the better sense I get of who they are as people and as leaders.

  12. … Glove

  13. My word, are you making a Gary Payton reference? LOL.

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