Wednesday, February 8, 2023



I seem to lean on old familiar ways.

--Paul Simon

The Democratic party is messing with the 2024 primary election schedule.  The Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary used to go first.  The proposed schedule has The South Carolina primary on February 3, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada on February 6.

I get it.  The Democrats want the first contest to be in a more diverse state than Iowa or New Hampshire.  There is a sense of fairness to the proposed plan.

On the other hand, I love the charm of the Iowa caucuses.  Reporters and candidates crisscrossing the state in the freezing cold.  Beautiful and scenic locations on the evening news.  Explanations of how a caucus works.  The thrill of victory from a candidate who did well.  The agony of defeat for those who stumbled.

The only thing constant in life is change.  I will miss the old days.  It had that wonderful charm of the start of an election year.

While the Democrats are changing, why not go all the way and have a national primary?  At least a series of regional primaries?

It's clear some type of overhaul is needed.  It's sad that by the time some big states get around to voting, the party nominees have already been decided.

Still crazy after all these years.

Oh, still crazy after all these years.

--Paul Simon