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)