Posted by Brad @ 12:55 pm on January 24th 2011

This Cycle’s Winner of the “Jerk State Trying to Move Its Primary Up, Thus Screwing Up the Whole Process” Award…

Goes to Arizona, whose Republican party is passing a resolution which would jump into into February of 2012 (the first weekend, to boot), the month set aside by the RNC for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. They are calling the RNC’s bluff of not seating delegates elected for states that violate the approved procession, because, as they probably correctly note, the RNC will buckle and seat them anyway, and besides they get more power in the process by being early and not seated than late and seated.

Mecum explained that the penalties, which range from losing delegates at the nominating convention over the summer to awarding votes proportionally, likely will not matter. Delegates likely would be restored by the time the convention took place, but an early win for a candidate could help provide momentum and decide the nominee, so the state party believes there are greater benefits to breaking the rules and getting more attention in the process.

So, that probably means that all those other early states will jump their contests to January, like last time, but Arizona still gets a prominent spot in one of the follow-on weekends.

It being Arizona makes the issue even more of a potential monkey wrench, as the Arizona GOP, led by Gov. Jan Brewer, is…let’s call them pretty far right. That’ll also make illegal immigration a more live issue than it might have otherwise been (ugh), meaning that we’ll be able to enjoy another Republican cycle with two or three single-issue immigrant-bashing candidates sure that if they can somehow convince everybody in Arizona that they’re best equipped to deal with the packs of illegal immigrants going around beheading everybody, that’ll put them in line for the Presidency. Sigh.


  1. Given the trend apparent trend in this, and its potential to wreak mischief, I am actually pretty shocked that the GOP and DNC have not overcome the entrenched interests enough to come up with some sort of equitable rotation, grouping states together such that every X elections a state gets to be in the first wave.

    Comment by Jack — 1/24/2011 @ 8:24 pm

  2. The problem is the RNC doesn’t have final say in the running of the actual elections, only in how they choose to recognize the results. And states are on to the fact that the media value of being early far exceeds the actual value of their delegates, with the added bonus that by the time they seat the delegates, someone’s usually won, at which point they magnimoniously seat the delegates anyway.

    Comment by Brad — 1/24/2011 @ 10:44 pm

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