Courtesy of the AP:
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said Monday that this year’s handful of presidential caucuses should be the last the party ever holds.
“I think by 2024 we ought to have everyone being a primary state,” Perez told The Associated Press in an interview on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention.
The chairman didn’t specifically name Iowa, which for decades has led off the nominating calendar, but his position could represent a seismic shift in the party’s traditions, and it underscores the pressure on the caucus structure that has intensified since Iowa’s count dragged out for days to open the 2020 nominating fight eventually won by Joe Biden.
Perez’s term as chair will end before the 2024 nominating order of states is determined. But he said he plans to “use the bully pulpit as a former chair to make sure we continue the progress” of changes after the bitter 2016 primary fight between nominee Hillary Clinton and runner-up Bernie Sanders.
I am not a fan of Tom Perez, and in fact, think he is a terrible DNC chairman, but I am in total agreement on this issue.
Currently, of course, having a caucus is impossible due to the pandemic, but even after it is safe to comingle in large groups we simply do not need to return to such an archaic and outdated practice.
Personally I am all for having everything done by mail or online.
That is safer, more efficient, and let’s face it, a hell of a lot less irritating.