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The primary system is antiquated, boring, long and out of touch with reality. Caucuses are even worse as demonstrated by the fiasco in Iowa’s caucus.
All reports show that the Iowa caucus process is a mess fueled by complex rules. Moreover, the Iowa caucuses are marred by an app paid for by the Democratic Party without proper vetting. The caucus process is for party insiders to choose their favorites. Moreover, the Iowa caucuses show why caucuses diminish the power of the individual vote.
In fact, the entire primary process needs to be scrapped in favor of a system allowing people to choose the respective nominees. It will be better for the nation if the two parties decide to forgo the month's long primary process in favor of one primary election with winner take all. It is easier on the voters and gives the power of choice where it belongs…the individual voter.
In fact, maybe it is time for non party elections. Donald Trump’s Impeachment, and the conduct of both parties, shows just out of touch the political party system is with America. This is accented by the total disorganization surrounding the Iowa caucuses. The system is designed to give party insiders and political operatives power. Moreover, what happened in Iowa shows that the current political system is antiquated and in need of massive reform.
The system is broken, it should be scrapped in favor of one primary Election Day where the winner moves on to run for President. Let the voters decide in a simple straight forward process giving a voice to the people. Better yet, implement a non party primary where the top two or three candidates move onto the general election and the winner takes all.
The Democratic Party looks bad after the Iowa’s caucus catastrophe. Couple this with the recent conduct of partisan leaders in Washington D.C., and there is plenty of reason for change.
This is not the first time Iowa has had problems, either. History shows there is plenty of reason to move on.
Iowa's caucus results have often been called hours after they've concluded.
In 2012, it was shortly after 1:30 a.m. that Mitt Romney was declared the winner of the Republican caucuses, besting rival Rick Santorum by just eight votes. But two weeks later, the Republican Party of Iowa announced that a recount of results showed Santorum as the winner.
And in 2016, Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire announced at 2:30 a.m. local time on caucus night that Hillary Clinton had won by a slim margin. The Associated Press did not officially call the race until midday the next day.
But in the years since those contests, the drumbeat of calls to replace Iowa as the lead-off state in the presidential nominating calendar has grown more persistent. Concerns over diversity and inclusion have risen to the forefront this caucus cycle as a presidential field that was at one point the most diverse in history has winnowed to a mostly white pool of candidates.
The problems with Monday's results have shifted the focus back to Iowa's arcane rules and complex process.
"Our credibility is facing a test," Link said. "And it’s important that we deliver accurate numbers as quickly as possible. I think it is smarter to wait and deliver credible results, because irreparably harming a candidate — which has been done in the past — is not an acceptable option." USA TODAY
It is time for change, change giving the American voter the power to choose the candidate they want based on an intelligent and meaningful discussion of the issues.
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