For first time, CA and TX vote on March 3, 2020, Super Tuesday, which will greatly diminish the role of small, mostly white populations in IA and NH in winnowing the field. https://t.co/xY7tZ19n5B
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) December 9, 2018
A vast percentage of even America’s poorest voters now have access to hand-held social media devices supporting a vibrant national conversation. We also have an an experienced & dedicated nationwide postal distribution service that can deliver, and retrieve, ballots that could be prepared and printed with a speed unimaginable even a few decades ago.
Just as we no longer need to vote on Tuesdays because of Sunday travel bans and the limits of horse-drawn transportation, we no longer need melanin-challenged Iowa corporate welfare farmers and flinty-faced NH tourist harvesters to personally inspect our Presidential candidates as they would any other potential livestock purchase…
A little over a year from now, millions of Californians will be mailed their ballots on the same day that Iowans head to their famous first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. They could start mailing them back before New Hampshire holds its first-in-the-nation primary in 2020.
Meanwhile, Texans will likely have a chance to vote early, too — even before Nevada and South Carolina, which typically round out the earliest portion of the primary calendar.
The explosion of early voting and reshuffling of the primary calendar in 2020 could transform the Democratic presidential nominating contest, potentially diminishing the power of the traditional, tiny and homogeneous early states in favor of much larger and more diverse battlegrounds. That would be a boon to the best-known candidates with warchests sizable enough to compete in big states early.
And it would empower black and Hispanic voters in large, multiracial states like California, which was a virtual afterthought at the back of the primary calendar in 2016. Criticism has mounted for years about the primacy of New Hampshire and Iowa, which are both around 90 percent white…
Across the aisle, VSP confuses ‘credible’ and ‘credulous’:
We have a winner! Earliest public speculation by a (highly) credible analyst about a brokered convention. Breaks the record set by the late WaPo columnist Dave Broder, set in late December, 1986. Should it happen, the accumulated jackpot of $15,000,000,000 willl be his. https://t.co/eX14JVXnZd
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) December 10, 2018