DATE: 1/19/2004 08:15:00 AM
Changing the Voters - Fred Barnes, in the Weekly Standard, writes that Dick Gephardt may be the last true populist in American politics. The only problem is, Iowa voters don't seem to care, and some don't even pay attention at his rallies. I'll admit, Gephardt is not the most compelling public speaker, but he does have more conviction than the obviously calculating John Kerry and Howard Dean. The fact that Iowa voters don't bother with him is telling - these voters, along with those in New Hampshire, have become numb to the political process and should no longer be allowed to have such a prominent role in the choosing of our presidents.
The parties should force a change in the primary schedule, lessening the impact these spoiled voters have on the process. The first in the country primary should be allocated on a rotating basis between different states. Perhaps it could be done by region, or even alphabetically. No matter how it is done, it needs to happen. The voters in these states no longer reflect the reality of the American voting populace, and they should no longer be allowed to have such power.