Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Is this any way to elect a president?

Why is it that, with Super Tuesday still six days away, we now only have two candidates in the Democratic Party race for the presidency? We're lost the best with just a few percent of all registered Democrats voting in a handful of primaries and caucuses. Dennis Kucinich is gone, and so is John Edwards. Principled candidates with great messages, but who didn't get voters in a few states whipped up into a frenzy. They stood up for the middle class and stood against the Iraq War. They didn't have the money or the media coverage to go the distance. That's the problem, isn't it? Money -- the lack thereof. That, and the ridiculous primary system that needs a major overhaul. But who will do the overhauling? Not the next president who, because he/she is the prez, will not want to rock the boat. Not the members of the next Congress, who will be busy beating each other with cudgels -- and carving out earmarks in the latest appropriations bills.

Sour grapes? Sure, but seems to me there are better ways for the world's lone superpower to practice democracy.

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