The party determines how delegates are awarded. Democrats tend to ration out the delegates based on the proportion of votes. Republicans tend to put all their eggs in one basket, rewarding the front runner with all the votes. The delegates are important come summer at the national convention, as the candidate with the majority of their parties' votes becomes our donkey and elephant representatives. Once a full fledge representative, they are entitled to select a vice presidential candidate.
How important is the vice presidential candidate choice? Consider the possibility of them becoming our leader. We want their experience with foreign policy to consist of more than the idea of running a state that bordered Canada, while seeing Russia in the distance. If shock therapy was at one time required, he's probably not the best man for the job. It should be considered flakey not intriguing when a vice president changes parties for the next race. We can only smile at the idea that presidential candidates have found themselves compatible with each one of the previously mentioned in years past.
Our presidential candidates are nothing if not entertaining. Our Jackass contenders are President Obama for change who has owned up that "change is hard", Darcy Richardson who has blogged, "Why I'm Running for President", and criminal activist Randall Terry who would like to run an ad during the Super Bowl featuring graphic images of aborted fetuses. Our current elephant runners have held the media's attention for some time. Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Vern Wuensche, Matt Snyder, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Fred Karger, Andy Martin, Jimmy McMillan, Tom Miller, Buddy Roemer have all thrown their hats into the ring. Some of the most entertaining characters have already pulled out. There are so many elephants, can't wait til summer when we find out who is crowned Babar.
As we approach 2012, we look to a new year with hopes of a better future. On January 3, we will begin to see coverage of the Iowa prospects. How time flies, just the other day we were welcoming Barack Obama into office with questions of "Where were you born? Prove it!" Since not all states are lucky enough to have a caucus, we will also see primaries. In the end we will have some one new to blame, or we may still have Obama. Only time will tell―Auld Lang Syne.