The Democrats are right on this one:
WASHINGTON – Toying with tradition, some powerful Democrats recommended Saturday that New Hampshire lose its treasured status as part of a presidential one-two punch with Iowa and push its historic primary behind one or two states with more diverse populations.
It’s pretty ridiculous that New Hampshire and Iowa figure so heavily into who we elect nationwide for president. Why should these two states have that much power?
However, I don’t agree that two other states should hold the same sway. I suggest a nationwide primary. It would shorten the election cycle dramatically and force candidates to get their message out to all voters. Candidate debates, grassroots campaigning and cheap Internet communication (blogs, email, videocasts) would gain tremendously in value.