…that means it’s time to deal with the issue that has the most lopsided PiTA/True Relevance ratio in American political theory. I refer, of course, to the annual battle over who gets to have their primary first:
In the final days before states submit their primary and caucus plans to the Republican National Committee, the GOP is sweating bullets over the possibility that a gang of rogue states could still wreak havoc on the 2012 presidential nominating process.
One state, Arizona, has already announced that it will violate RNC rules and hold its primary on February 28 – a full week before joint RNC-Democratic National Committee rules permit states to do so. Michigan’s legislature is also moving toward scheduling its vote for the same date.
Then there’s Florida, a repeat offender when it comes to calendar mischief, which has empaneled a committee to choose an election date that’s expected to fall before the RNC-sanctioned date of March 6.
Short version… you know the short version already: Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina always want to go first, the national parties always go along, and everybody else complains about it. Normally it doesn’t even matter… except that in 2008 Michigan and Florida’s insistence on going first meant that Senator Clinton’s wins in both (and she frankly would have won both primaries anyway) were more or less invalidated, thus helping put Senator Obama over the top.
Yeah, that really f*cking worked out for the country, Florida. Can’t you take a hint?