Florida’s threat to the political system

The RNC worries that some perceived whack job (think Sarah Palin) who doesn’t curry favor with the party establishment may start to run away with the nomination. In order to stop the feared candidate, the party establishment wants enough states on the back end of the nominating calendar to try to put the kibosh on the threatening flake. This is just one of the reasons the RNC continues to embrace the ridiculous Iowa/New Hampshire “first in the nation” preferred-status election calendar. It’s all about predictability and control. Party leaders loath the unknown.

BY CHRIS INGRAM

Special Correspondent, The Tampa Tribune

Published: April 5, 2011

Political parties favor two things: themselves and predictability.

The Republican National Committee’s rules require that no state’s primary or caucus occur before those of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada. Forget about the reasoning or logic for the calendar. It is what it is, and the RNC doesn’t want it to change because it fears that changing it would lose predictability and control.

The RNC worries that some perceived whack job (think Sarah Palin) who doesn’t curry favor with the party establishment may start to run away with the nomination. In order to stop the feared candidate, the party establishment wants enough states on the back end of the nominating calendar to try to put the kibosh on the threatening flake. This is just one of the reasons the RNC continues to embrace the ridiculous Iowa/New Hampshire “first in the nation” preferred-status election calendar. It’s all about predictability and control. Party leaders loath the unknown.

But the RNC’s rules are just that, rules. They aren’t laws. Each state is at liberty to schedule its elections as it sees fit because the committee lacks authority over any state.

What the RNC doesn’t lack is (click here to read the rest of the column)

8 thoughts on “Florida’s threat to the political system”

  1. Chris,

    I agree with your take on the situation.

    I do hope the RNC can force themselves to change without taking Florida’s delegates or moving RNC ’12 from Tampa.

    If they do indeed impose those heavy handed politburo tactics they will have conceded that they do not need Florida’s 29 electoral votes and are not serious about re-taking the white house in the first place.

    When conservatives stay home or are less than enthusiastic about supporting the GOP, it’s not due to their abandoning the GOP, it’s due to the GOP abandoning them.

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  2. Chris:

    What is needed is a truly national convention, with voting delegates elected from their congressional districts and the Pres/VP nominated there.

    The primary system is broken, as you reference.

    Best to you,

    Gary

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  3. chris,
    makes a lot of sense. RNC probably shouldn’t be able to tell states when to hold a primary, but without someone setting up something, what’s to keep everyone setting up primaries earlier and earlier (if, indeed, the early primaries are seen as that desirable). RNC could hold a big meeting with representatives from all the states every four years and come to agreement on the lineup of primaries. or, rnc could rotate the early dates among those states that want early dates. if florida would succeed in getting an early date against RNC wishes, what’s to keep all states from doing the same thing next time? is that a bad thing?

    in all, it’s kind of interesting. early is good, i suppose, because, as you note, you get a lot of press focus on your state and therefore your issues. maybe iowa and new hampshire are pretty good choices because except for a few their issues seem kind of modest compared to, say, florida. maybe with florida having all that attention, the multitude of issues — some pretty big ones, too — would overshadow the election itself.

    anyway, good read.

    bob

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  4. “The reason this ‘Half Breed Mooly Comunist” is in the whitehouse is because of the ‘R.N.C.! These “Jack Asses” keep proping up the DEAD!—-(like Dole in the 90s & McCainn last year)and telling us “This Is The BEST” we have! “If that’s the best that the RNC can do? – – -“Than We Are F-CKED”! cause that ‘A-Hole Commy’ will ‘Reinfest the whitehouse for another 4 yrs! Than all we have to do is remove the stares from the flag,and replace them with the ‘Hammer & Sickle’ and his job will be ‘DONE”!!

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  5. I see from the above post that the Soros funded DNC “seminar posters” are out early trying to portray anyone who dares defy “the one” as a racist buffoon.

    Don’t worry, fewer and fewer are falling for it.

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  6. Oh, how I long for an up and running and fully stocked viable third party as an alternative to the Republicans. (Dems are not an option for me.) That’s what we need to break the deadlock of this status quo crap. ‘Twould shake it all up.

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