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  •  Pandering With Ethanol Subsidies Is So Much Better (2+ / 0-)
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    sgtlejeune, NearlyNormal

    The jockeying by Iowa and New Hampshire has absolutely NOTHING to do with protecting the prospects of lesser funded candidates, and everything to do with protecting tourism & media dollars that come into their states every four years.

    Explain to me why "actual campaigning" couldn't occur in one of the 48 states where the other 290 million Americans live that might like to have as much influence as people in Iowa & New Hampshire? I've never gotten a really good answer as to why states like New Mexico, West Virginia, or as in this case Nevada wouldn't allow for exactly the same thing?

    Pray tell why Iowa & New Hampshire, two states that are older, whiter, and more rural than the country as a whole, should have so much influence on the nominating process EVERY Presidential election cycle?

    •  You mean like the century+ of oil subisidies? (0+ / 0-)

      Oh, those are different states, so that's OK I guess.

      GMAFB.  If you want to change how the parties select candidates, take it up with the parties.  

      Hint: Blogging is probably not going to accomplish all that much.  You might have to, you know, actually work for a party to have some influence.

    •  Any smaller state would do. (0+ / 0-)

      But the benefit of the process as it is, is that the candidates are forced through a campaign in living rooms and diners and county fairs, where they talk to actual humans. The campaign at that point is NOT media driven, it is human-driven. The candidates have the opportunity to understand our values and concerns, and to express their own, to learn to articulate their message.

      Never separate the life you live from the words you speak. ~ Paul Wellstone

      by Melanie in IA on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 03:50:46 PM PDT

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