This election marks the beginning of the end for Iowa and New Hampshire [View all]
This election marks the beginning of the end for Iowa and New Hampshire
We used to need the two first-in-the-nation contests to make sense of the election. But now voters are taking control of the process – and about time, too
Jose Antonio Vargas
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 January 2012
Two young women – one born and raised in Iowa, the other in New Hampshire, both children of the internet era – arrive at the same conclusion: the first-in-the-nation contests that they've grown up with have increasingly lost their relevance. A new nominating process is sorely needed.
"Don't get me wrong, I love the caucuses. It's the only thing anyone knows about Iowa," Rachel Potter, a student at Iowa State University, told me at a meet-and-greet for Rick Perry in Ames last month. "But Iowa clearly doesn't represent the whole country."
Jordan Cichon, a student at University of New Hampshire whom I met in Corcord, two days before Mitt Romney's win in that state, added: "Nothing about the primary process make sense. It's a source of pride that we get to vote first, but why us? Does New Hampshire really matter that much?"
It doesn't, and it shouldn't. ..................(more)