Georgia took a big step Tuesday toward holding its presidential primaries earlier next year when the House of Representatives voted to join many other states signing up for a national primary day.
House Republican leaders said Georgia should move its nominating contests up from the first Tuesday in March to Feb. 5 so the state could have a bigger impact on the race for the White House. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Moving the primaries up poses the tremendous risk that both sides will pick inferior candidates than those who have to stand the test of a primary season. We all know that primaries make better candidates, though most candidates hate the primaries. No doubt had the Democrats extended their primary season, Kerry would have either improved as a candidate or the Dems would have found someone else.
A shorter season also prevents some quality potential candidates like Fred Thompson from being truly viable alternatives to the guys who are currently running.