Do Not Adjust Your Television
01-25-2008
One of the central criticisms of adopting a single national primary day to pick presidential nominees is that having all voters select their preferred candidate on the same day would reduce democratic deliberation.  Critics argue that it would force campaigns to rely heavily on television advertising (and fundraising) nationwide, rather than on more traditional forms of retail politics in a series of individual states.
 
Well, as the New York Times notes today, we are now getting our first glimpse of what a post-retail nominee selection process might look like, as the Democratic candidates roll out their essentially national ad campaigns in the many primary and caucus states simultaneously holding contests on February 5th. So, for those of you in the roughly two dozen affected states, try on a national primary for the next 10 days, and let me know how it feels.


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