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Living on the Edge

It’s upon us. About one half of one per cent of all registered voters in the United States—ninety-six per cent of them likely to be white, a hundred per cent certain to live in Iowa or New Hampshire—will now exercise their inalienable, God-given, legally mandated right to choose the Presidential nominees of the two parties. Since the advent of the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucus as we know them, in the nineteen-fifties and seventies, respectively, no one has been elected President without winning one or the other—except Bill Clinton, whose second-place finish in New Hampshire, in 1992, amid various scandals, was a victory over expectations, and proved that he was indefatigable. So is the political hegemony of these two smallish, non-representative states. If the Presidential-nominating process were an international sports competition, one would assume that top officials of both parties were taking envelopes of cash from town chairs in Durham and precinct captains in Waterloo.

But, amazingly, all this outsized clout comes free.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Everyone is wondering if Trump’s lead in the polls will translate into getting out the vote.
    Wishful thinking on their part that it won’t.
    As if he’d leave that little detail out of his campaign strategy.

  • simus1

    BC got to be the nominee because “all the DemocRat smart money knew” it was a lost cause “because Bush was unbeatable” except a later series of Bush clangers got it turned around for Clinton.
    The same smart money thing applied for Mike Harris getting the nod to be leader.
    Which goes to show a lot of very smart egotists who tiptoe around the edge looking for the sure thing in politics aren’t half as smart as they think they are.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Technically, the article is true, but the whole country is watching the performances of the candidates and these tests give a good idea of how well they might do in other states. There are so many Republican hopefuls that some winnowing out in these primaries is necessary and welcome.

  • G

    I got a laugh when the writer got all pissy about Cruz:
    “Cruz sneers about “New York values,” as if support for gun control and abortion rights weren’t majority views in America.”

    Is disagreeing with Manhattan elitist journalists “sneering”? If it is, who cares? Also, maybe Cruz doesn’t give a shit whatever particular polls this dickhead believes say abortion and gun control are popular. Other polls say the opposite.

    Just because some beta male asshole, inner city journalist and his gaggle of useless, decadent friends hold certain views doesn’t mean the country does.