The Governator and legislative leaders are rushing a plan that would advance California’s presidential primary from June to 5 February.
The means by which the major state-sponsored parties pick their presidential nominees would be on the (very) short list of most absurd selection mechanisms in the world. This move, by placing the nation’s largest state in a more relevant position, would make the process somewhat less absurd.
However, consideration is being given to returning to a bad old tradition of winner-take-all allocation of delegates to the plurality winner. The mechanism should remain propotional, though a bonus to a winner who has either more than 50% or a wide margin is certainly defensible.
(Unlike when the primary was briefly moved to March, under this proposal the primary for other offices would remain in June.)
Update: The 2008 California primary has been moved to 5 February, with Governor Schwarzenegger’s signature on a bill to that effect on 15 March.