No way to pick a president – The Washington Post

No way to pick a president – The Washington Post.

No way to pick a president

By , Published: December 28
As the breathless, panting political class turns its eager eyes to Iowa, every sane Americanneeds to step back and ask the obvious question: Is this any way to pick a president?Our country is essentially coming to a halt to watch what 120,000 idiosyncratic voters in an idiosyncratic state do.

This is like letting a single small city play a pivotal role in the selection of our next president.

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All these cities have about as many residents as are expected to vote in the Iowa caucuses. The idea that any would play a special, outsize role in choosing the leader of the free world is absurd.

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It’s not just that Iowa’s caucus electorate is puny. (The 120,000 figure is a prediction based on the fact that only about that many Republicans out of the state’s 3 million residents turned out in 2008.) The far-right tilt of this band of atypical Americans forces Republican candidates to disavow ideas that might make them attractive leaders to the rest of us.

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It’s bizarre.

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On one level, the groveling is amusing to watch. But on a deeper level, it’s crazy when a handful of right-wing Iowans have the power to tilt the tenor of presidential debate.

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