Our arranged marriage problem
During this abnormal primary process, one think has become clear — blue states are deciding who red states will vote for.
As a country, we believe that every person in every state should have their say in the democratic process. However, during this contested primary we are having a small coalition of liberal republicans, moderates and democrats determine our nominee through open primaries in states that voted for Obama in 2008. This isn’t an attack on Mitt Romney, it is simply an observation that he has gotten almost no support from the states that will be asked to support him in November. Our frontrunner has been chosen by New Hampshire, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia, Idaho, etc. He has been chosen by the Obama blue states.
This is a hiccup in our primary process. The GOP will essentially go to voters that voted for someone else with someone nominated by blue states. Again, this isn’t an attack on Romney but merely the observation that the GOP, instead of falling in love and marrying their candidate, are having Obama voters set up an arranged marriage. In the end, it probably won’t be as effective.
Maybe the answer is to move red states up in time on the primary calendar to give them more influence in the process. Why is New Hampshire the first primary and Texas one of the last?
Or possibly, states that vote consistently red should receive additional delegates.
But one thing is for sure, blue state victories may win enough delegates to put a candidate over the top in Tampa, but it won’t win the affections of red state voters.