Washington (CNN) – Amid a potential primary calendar shake-up, GOP chairs of the first four voting states –Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina– said Thursday they would do whatever it takes to hold onto their early voting status in 2012.
"The four sanctioned, early states have been very clear that we will move together, if necessary, to ensure order as outlined in RNC rules," said Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn in a joint statement. "If we are forced to change our dates together, we will."
Doesn't the definition of being conservative mean: respecting traditions and rules. paying honor to integrity and honesty, where keeping one's word is just as important as keeping one's faith.
This is actually pretty interesting. I'd love to see Florida push their primaries to January. I'm tired of the Republican-Republican debates that go nowhere. Let's see real debates like those of parliamentary systems of Canada, Europe and Australia.
PS – For those of you that think presidential debates are hard core or insightful, google or youtube ANY parliamentary debate from those countries. You'll see a different fight than the inundating talking points you see here in the US.
Perhaps it is time for one, or both, of the parties to start rotating the order of the states who get to go first. This first-in- tme privilege has lead to voters in two or three states having an outsized impact on the issues and candidates. Would ethanol subsidies still exist if Iowa did not go first? Candidates spend months trying to convince the population of New Hampshire why they should be elected but states like Texas, NY, GA, PA, and CA are reduced to an after thought. In terms of popluation, and we are a democratic republic, that makes no sense at all.