After other states moved up the dates of their 2008 presidential primaries in hopes of increasing their influence, New Hampshire and South Carolina now appear set to strike back.
South Carolina’s GOP Chairman Katon Dawson is expected to announce Thursday that the party will hold its primary before the Feb. 2, 2008, scheduled date to try to “protect this battleground” and its first-in-the-South status. The move was precipitated by Florida’s decision to move its primary up to Jan. 29.
This is just getting silly.
Republican officials said South Carolina could hold its primary in mid-January, butting up against the primary and caucus dates for New Hampshire and Iowa. That in turn could cause Iowa and New Hampshire to move up their contests, with Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus being held as early as mid-December — four months from now.
Which in turn could cause California to change theirs again, to early November, which would make South Carolina really mad and make them switch theirs to, like, October!
Well! Florida would have none of that, and they'd insist on changing theirs to, ohhhhh, sayyyy...early September. And New Hampshire and Iowa surely won't stand for that kind of nonsense.
Oh, and this just in: Bush has had Lyme disease for a year.