Monday, March 9, 2015
The Caucus Was The Right Thing to Do
The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Kentucky made the right decision to switch from a primary to a caucus this year. We need to look after our own, and if this allows Sen. Rand Paul to explore running for president while keeping his Senate seat, then that is a good thing.
I have mixed feelings about the caucus being for this year only. It is ridiculous that Kentucky's primary is not until May. That makes us completely irrelevant with respect to having any say on who our presidential nominee will be. I would therefore like to see the primary moved to Super Tuesday in March, or switch to a caucus permanently.
Many in the party are concerned about the cost and logistics of a caucus. I think it could draw in Republicans who regularly vote in primaries but have not taken the step of volunteering. That could be a very good thing in Jefferson County, in particular.
We'll see how it plays out. This year, the Paul campaign will pay the cost of the caucus. That gives the party the chance to experiment with this format without spending any resources.