Mike Lux responds on the primaries issue, says my anti-Iowa, anti-New Hampshire views have some merit, but says he "still believe[s] passionately in small state starting this thing" because that forces closer interactions with the candidates. I see the merits in that, though I'm significantly less passionate about it than I am about the idea that it's really deleterious to give this sort of outsized role to two lily-white states with no major urban centers. One could, however, have it both ways. Iowa has 7 electoral votes just like Oregon or Connecticut and it's actually bigger than Rhode Island, Nevada, or New Mexico.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.