With the Christmas holiday past, and the New Year (with its many early state primary elections) quickly approaching, I've been thinking about our political process, and the state of the races in each party.
• First things first... I'm getting a little tired of every state trying to nudge its primary election closer to January 1st. Bad enough we've had a half dozen televised debates for each of the two major parties a full year before the Presidential election. Now we have to start digesting primary results before we're done eating our Christmas leftovers! So, how about this... we have ONE NATIONAL PRIMARY DAY. Pick a day in May, after taxes are paid and before we start our summer vacations, and have ALL the primaries on that day. Candidates would be welcome to hopscotch the country between January 2 and National Primary Day, visiting whatever states they feel would do them the most good. But then it would come down to one day...no state would be able to trump another, and pundits would stop saying silly things like, "If McCain doesn't how well in Iowa, it's over for him"...or... "An Obama win in New Hampshire puts Hillary on the run."
• Second things second. No campaigning, debates, or campaign advertisements until January 2nd of the election year. None. Nada. Zippo.
• Third things third. Watching the jostling among the Republican candidates, I'm actually starting to feel a little bad for them. They can't seem to decide whom we should hate/fear more...Al Qaida, illegal immigrants, gays? It's quite a debacle. So I'm going to break with personal tradition and help you Red Staters out. All you have to do is to invent a group that all conservatives can hate equally. I propose: the Gay-Al-Qaida-Nistas. They're poor gay Mexican immigrats who sympathize with Islamic radicals...and they want to turn all America's straight young employed men into gay Islamic activists on welfare! Problem solved. Let Hate Fest '08 begin! Where is the Republican Convention this year anyway...Thunderdome?
Now that's solved, I think I'll go have some pie.
Happy New Year!