Biggest Mess Ever
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 04:57:34 AM EST
Reading through various clips this morning on the '08 primary calendar, it does not take a genius to conclude that no one knows where this will end up, but it won't be pretty.
In Florida, the House has voted in the committee unanimously to move Florida's primary to Feb. 5 or one week after New Hampshire, whichever is first. And if New Hampshire moves up? Then Florida will also move up.
Oklahoma is saying they will be on the same Saturday as South Carolina, on February 2nd.
Wyoming Republicans have voted to caucus on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, regardless of the date. Wyoming Democrats are listening to Howard Dean for now, and not yet following suit.
In 2004, seven states held primaries within a couple of weeks of New Hampshire, and already for 2008, sixteen states are in that window. Unlike the 2004, in 2008 there are mega-states like California, New Jersey, Michican and Florida in that mix. More states and more delegates nominated earlier.
New Hampshire's William Gardner is said to be waiting to move the New Hampshire primary ahead of Nevada and Iowa in the nominating process.
Howard Dean is going to be who's left holding the bag with this, as the DNC didn't come up with a solution that was fair across the board, and now, some states are just ignoring the national party rules. What can Dean do to fix this mess?