Here we are in April, Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee in November. Most republican voters don’t want him but are stuck with him. It is a great thing that the American voter got their say in this process. But these voters will get their say again in November. What about members of the conservative movement and republican party? Shouldn’t they have a say?
This site has written at length about the fact that states like New Hampshire, Florida and Michigan — all states likely to go blue in November have essentially chosen our candidates for us. Every time Romney almost went down, he would bounce back with a win in a dark or light blue state. Romney didn’t have the support to win the nomination, liberals and independents put him over the top.
Consider what Major League Baseball would look like if the Redsox were to decide which Yankee pitcher New York would sign and start?
For republicans, open primaries in blue states completely taint our process. At this point, Mitt Romney has sewn up the race. 1.3 million New Hampshirians saved Romney’s nomination. Then Michigan. Finally, Wisconsin. At the same time, many states haven’t even voted yet. States that matter. The states left to vote include red and purple states such as:
Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Dakota and Texas. Why shouldn’t these states get a say in the process? The state that sent Rand Paul to the Senate shouldn’t be part or our process? One of the greatest states in the nation — Texas, filled with the most sincere and moral people you will ever meet shouldn’t get a say in this process?
Does the Republican party think Illinois, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the Virgin Islands should have more say than Texas and Pennsylvania? The reason nothing changes is because party leaders like it this way. They believe that a primary filled with left-leaning states helps correct course and prevent ultra-conservative or even joke candidates from getting too far in the process. But last I checked, no fringe candidates got very far in the conservative states this time around.
The only true way to reform the system is for state parties and state legislatures in these conservative states to unilaterally reschedule their primaries. They will no doubt be penalized this time, but it is worth it. We’re not advocating that Texas become the first-in-the nation primary, although that wouldn’t be a bad idea, this is simply advocating a system that expands Super Tuesday or some of the other contests in March.
The republican base hasn’t truly been thankful for a candidate since the 1980′s. Isn’t there something wrong with that? Shouldn’t we consider bold change on this front? Blue & open primary states have chosen another loser for us in 2012. It is time that we talk to our state legislators about moving the primaries up in these secondary-citizen-states. We should continue to get involved in our local parties so that we may have a say against the status quo. GOP voters deserve to get a say in these contests, they deserve primary reform.