Washington (CNN) – South Carolina Republicans are maneuvering to host a major party gathering in the weeks before the 2012 Iowa caucuses, a move that could force GOP presidential hopefuls to interrupt their last minute Midwest politicking to court activists down south.
Southern delegates to the Republican National Committee on Friday ratified Charleston, South Carolina as the site of the 2012 Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
Rules say the conference can be held at any point between January and May, and Palmetto State organizers told CNN they already planning to hold the event in late January or early February in order to maximize the state's role in the presidential nominating process.
The conference, a gathering of Republican activists from 14 southern states, has conducted a closely-watched presidential straw poll in recent years and would likely do so again in Charleston, possibly just days before Iowa Republicans head to the caucuses and weeks before the South Carolina primary.
The Iowa vote is slated for Feb. 6 of 2012, according to the presidential nominating calendar approved by the RNC last summer, followed by New Hampshire on Feb. 14, Nevada on Feb. 18 and South Carolina on Feb. 28.
A bevy of potential GOP contenders addressed the most recent conference, held last April in New Orleans, including Sarah Palin, Haley Barbour, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mike Pence, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson and Herman Cain.
The 2012 SRLC will be organized as a separate entity from the South Carolina Republican Party, allowing it to skirt fundraising limits.
Is it me or is CNN's Ticker basically the "what's going on in the world of conservativism" page at this point? 90% of the articles are all about the GOP, Teatards, Jaberwocky Barbie, potential POTUS nominees for the GOP (a full 2 years out), or even just what some GOPer thinks about something a Dem said or did...wih maybe 10% left over for whatever Obama's administration is doing lately. I mean, instead of a Ticker article on some Colorado Dem suggesting everyone sit without drawing a party line distinction during the SOTU address, which is the real story, what we get is "here's what some GOPer thinks about what some Dem suggested"...almost as if they want to give ownership of the idea over to the GOP. It's getting ridiculous and it's fairly clear that the slant is designed to focus on "here's the next controversy to boil your blood...stay tuned for more advertising"...but seriously, do CNN and the rest not recognize that their myopic, single-minded focus on turning everything into a sensationalized controversy is probably more to blame than poorly chosen GOP campaign rhetoric and metaphors for creating the divisive and virulent political climate in this country? Someone should do a story on that...oh wait...that's right...that would be like Cheney buying a ticket to the Hague to turn himself in.
Maybe Sarah is not toast yet. The right wingnuts from South Carolina are trying to determine who the republican candidate will be, and they do not want the man of many Mittens.