Sage, Ink: Choosing New Hampshire

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

With the Granite State’s nominating contest once again approaching, and
some people—as in past years—questioning why its primary deserves to come first (Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, recently expressed interest in instituting "a rotating primary process" or a "random lottery"), this 2012 cartoon still seems applicable four years later: