So Florida has finally appointed a committee to decide when the Sunshine State should have its presidential primary. These fine folks will give us their decision by Oct. 1.
What should Florida do. Well let's have some real fun and have the primary Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
The very thought of this would drive the folks in Iowa and New Hampshire nuts. Both states insist that their events must take place before any other state.
Every four years, bigger, more important state such as Florida, wonder why they continue to let Iowa and New Hampshire bully them. And every four years they cave.
State law in New Hampshire requires the Granite state to have its reality show, we mean primary, at a week before any other state primary. So they would be forced to move their primary to November. Iowa would have to make a similar move.
While this would cause great consternation withing the Republican National Committee, such a move would finally break the stranglehold that Iowa and New Hampshire have on the nation's politics.
Crowley Political Report discussed the issue at some length in February. Let's revisit what we said then.
February 21, 2011
Really, Crowley Political Report loves New Hampshire.
Since 1980, CPR has spent many a cold winter night in the Granite State chasing presidential candidates and chatting with countless "Live Free or Die" residents.
There isn't a town or hamlet that has not been visited. Living there has been an occassional fantasy.
Unfortunately, New Hampshire has become a spoiled brat, clinging desperately to the notion that they alone must first determine who is the proper presidential nominee for the Republican and Democratic parties.
It is a quaint notion.
New Hampshire's primary has nothing to do with selecting presidents. Their record of soothesaying was pretty good for many years. But no longer.
Consider - in 1996 New Hampshire voters picked Pat Buchanan to be the GOP presidential nominee. In 2000, they picked John McCain. Ditto 2008. Among Democrats, they passed over Bill Clinton in 1992 and Barack Obama in 2008.
New Hampshire's primary is a helluva lot fun. It's like going to political carnival. All the acts are there, easy to see and hear. You can go as often as you like and admission is almost always free. In fact, candidates wandering Elm Street in Manchester are more abundant than circus clowns at Ringling.