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Opening Arguments

The virtual primary

The good news is that the Web in general and blogs in particular will make the next presidential election more available to all of us:

Previously, those of us living outside of Iowa or New Hampshire were largely left out of the process. The blogosphere helps dissipate this geopolitical claustrophobia.

The power of the Internet has led the Pew Center's Michael Cornfield and others to say that we should now speak of a much more visible "virtual primary."

The bad news is that, because of the timing of Indiana's presidential primary (among other factors), Hoosier voters will still have no meaningful input because it will still be all over by the time we get to vote. Maybe it's time to start talking about "national primaries" that all take place over the same long weekend.