I can’t see any real downside to holding Connecticut’s presidential primary on Feb. 5 instead of waiting more than a month, when the decisions are likely already made.
But I do wonder about the overall wisdom of having the system so frontloaded that candidates are selected almost immediately, with voters having little chance to see if they falter over time. It’s hard to take the measure of a man, or a woman, in a matter of days, yet that’s what we’re gearing up to do.
It probably opens the door to more successful third party runs if the Republicans and Democrats are locked in so early. Both of their candidates, after all, will seem entirely too familiar by Election Day.
Still, I don’t mind joining so many other states for the mass midwinter primary.
It just seems stupid that we have created this crazy system to pick the leader of the free world.