It is beginning to look like Huckabaffoon peaked in Iowa, McCain in New Hampshire, and good 'ol Fred at the debate last week. It should go without saying that Ron Paul peaked before the first ballot was cast anywhere.
Have you considered the idea that the primary season really is almost over before it begins? Only SC and FL between now and the 24-state Feb. 5 elections. Oregon and Washington are already decided, in fact. Oregon has been 100% absentee voting for many years. Not sure if Washington is 100% absentee now, but it might as well be. Almost half of Californians voting will do so by mail and almost half of them more than a week before election day. Between 30-50% of New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee and Arkansas voters vote absentee, while 10-30% of North Dakota, Georgia, and Oklahoma voters do.
Oh, and in Florida, which the Dems are supposedly ignoring, up to half the voters will do so by mail and up to half of them have probably already marked their ballot.
I sorta agree with Randy about the compression of the primaries. The longer the season, the harder it is to weasel back and forth without getting bagged.
Also, since it's so very unlikely that any of them will say something of genuine substance, we need all the time we can get. The more wiped out and desparate you make them, the more likely you'll get a glimpse of the real person.
Having half of them on one day seems moronic to me.But I'm hopeful it could lead to some sort of brokered power-sharing in subsequent cycles. Tradition seems to me an insufficent reason to let Iowa and NH have outsized prominence.