I came across this post I wrote some time ago, on how the Brits elect their party leaders, i.e. their nominees, which is what Americans are in the process of doing now.
I thought I'd refer to that, for those of you who think the American way is really long and drawn out. I was trying to explain it to a British person the other day, who seemed to think all this was to elect a president, not just nominate a candidate to face election.
I think I prefer our way, as painful and expensive as it is. Because, as I've come to learn, it's the primary battle that is for the heart and soul of the party. By the general, it's too late to have any say in who your president is going to be, and who will be your party's standard bearer (an interesting phrase, given the context). Oddly, this means that those who care more about their party (and its soul) than their country may stay home in November.
Or else vote for Ross Perot.