Upper Left Coast

Thoughts on politics, faith, sports and other random topics from a red state sympathizer in indigo-blue Portland, Oregon.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Keeping momentum away from McCain

On Hugh Hewitt's site today, Patrick Ruffini suggests that South Carolina voters opposed to John McCain should vote for Mike Huckabee "so that the rest of the country has a chance to vote for your guy on January 29th and February 5th." This, he says, will keep the momentum away from McCain and prolong the primary process.

First, this is a stupid idea because if Huckabee wins South Carolina, he becomes the front-runner. But second on the stupid list is this suggestion that keeping McCain at bay will give "the rest of the country" a say. Here's a list of the states, in chronological order, that vote after Feb. 5:
  1. Louisiana
  2. Kansas
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Maryland
  5. Virginia
  6. Washington
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Ohio
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Texas
  11. Vermont
  12. Mississippi
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. Indiana
  15. North Carolina
  16. Nebraska
  17. West Virginia
  18. Kentucky
  19. Oregon
  20. Idaho
  21. Montana
  22. New Mexico
  23. South Dakota
Twenty-two states plus D.C., or 45 percent of the country that will likely have absolutely no say in the nomination process.

Did I mention that I'm sick of this good-ol'-boy network that picks our nominees?


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