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JohnA: Iowa, New Hampshire? Bah!

Item: Romney wins in New Hampshire, Paul in 2nd, Huntsman 3rd/USA Today

JohnA: How can we call ourselves a democracry when one party has no opposition and the other is decided by two of the smallest states in the Union. How ridiculous to think that just because someone wins, like, 11 electoral voters, that we adorn them as the nominee. That’s silly, it is contra-intuitive and it should be just plain wrong. I remember when George W. went to South Carolina in 2000 and somehow made John McCain go away. We all saw what happended over the next eight years. How sad that the rest of us didn’t have a reasonable vote in who our party nominee would be. The system is broken. I hope at some time in my life a real candidate selection system will evolve. I’m not counting on it.

Question: John makes a good point. Why have we allowed to relatively insignificant states like Iowa and New Hampshire to decide which presidential candidates are best?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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