Florida Republicans really did manage to through an alligator wrench into the GOP works when it voted to defy RNC rules that four states should hold extra special nomination powers over the rest of the country (for reasons that are so obvious that nobody ever feels the need to explain them) and move its primary up to the last day of January 2012.
The speculation was that that decision would completely screw up everything in the rest of the Republican primary calendar, and — lo and behold — that decision is managing to completely screw up everything in the rest of the Republican primary calendar…
Republican voters could begin the process of nominating their presidential candidate even before 2012 arrives, due to a decision Wednesday night by Nevada GOP officials to set that state's caucuses for Jan. 14…
If New Hampshire chooses to vote on a Tuesday, one possible outcome is that the state's primary would fall on Jan. 3, with Iowa holding its caucuses in December.
The nominating calendar is mired in a thicket of state laws and party rules. New Hampshire law dictates that the state hold its primary at least a week before the next similar contest. Iowans observe a similar statute that says they must hold their caucuses eight days before that.
Can you even imagine a world in which a relatively small group of entitled Iowanians and New Hampshariites didn't get to make their choice for a president several weeks before the rest of the country?
Why, that would be downright undemocratic.
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