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Morning Mix: Will We Have A Primary Calendar Today?

Morning Mix: Will We Have A Primary Calendar Today?


Today is supposed to be the deadline for each state to turn in their chosen date for holding a primary in 2012. But will everyone make the cutoff?

Thanks to the news that Florida is intending to move their primary up to January 31st, all states are holding their breath trying to decide whether or not to even announce their chosen dates, much less what those dates are. The South Carolina GOP chairman is stating emphatically, “Bottom line is that if Florida moves, Im moving, stating a willingness to take any punishment the RNC might divvy out in order to stay in front.

New Hampshire agrees, saying not to expect an announcement from them any time soon, either. “Im not going to be announcing anything for some time, New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner said. Im not going to be announcing anything this week, thats for sure. And of course, if New Hampshire and South Carolina aren’t going to set anything, there’s no way Iowa is going to risk getting leap-frogged, either.

Everyone is jockeying ahead, and presidential candidate Rick Santorum once accused fellow candidates of stirring up the states to help their own campaigns. So who benefits from these super-early contests? Politico claims that decisive early wins help Texas Governor Rick Perry, but if the contest isn’t decided immediately, the long haul will favor former Governor Mitt Romney.

So when will we have a calendar? Well, if nothing else, it should be here before December. Because at this rate, that may be when the nomination contests actually start.


Photo credit: Jonathan McIntosh

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8:02AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Donald B. said it best and I couldn't agree more. It's time for americans to start using their brains instead of being told how to think or being bullied into performing for the bullies. I can't imagine the self righteous uproar there would be if President Obama pulled any of the vile antics that the republikans and frat-mentality tea baggers have gotten away with. But then, President Obama is an incredibly intelligent, thinking & patriotic individual so needless to say, he wouldn't play these dangerous games. The republikans & tea baggers need to understand that blaming President Obama for the previous (lack of) administration's failings, lies and deceptions which sent the U.S. into a tragic downward spiral won't do anything to improve the country. The hatred they spew could not be any more unpatriotic and traitorous. But understanding what actually needs to be done to repair the colossal damage thrust upon the U.S. during the cheney-bush dictatorship can only come from thinking and making intelligent choices. This would require major sacrifices such as turning off the "reality" television shows, putting down the remote, not stuffing one's self with mass quantities of junk food, getting one's butt off the couch and perhaps exercising one's brain instead of one's bullying mouth.

7:29AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011


6:11AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Steve R

You obviously have never lived in a socialist country.

4:42AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Who cares and why does it even matter?

A candidate will be chosen - and will hopefully evict the socialist from the Whitehouse!

2:49AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

National Primary on Feb. 29... 'nuff said.

2:48AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

All states should vote in a national primary on Feb. 29. 'nuff said.

2:31PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

This election process begins earlier and earlier every year. I hate it, but the bright side is that I've learned to turn my TV off and enjoy my freedom. Or what little freedom the politicians/corporations allow these days.

7:32AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Thank you for the article

7:03AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

Stay in there, Sir. And be more aggressive. The enemy has shown what they will do to America's less fortunate people, vulnerable people, elderly people, and young people. What will they do? Treat them like ciphers, not people.

5:18AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

thanks for sharing

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