All Eyes on Florida ... Once Again

Will State Lose Its Dem Primary Votes?

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Howard Dean is threatening to revoke Florida's primary votes if the state insists on holding its primary on January 29. "Party rules say states cannot hold their 2008 primary contests before Feb. 5, except for Iowa on Jan. 14, Nevada on Jan. 19, New Hampshire on Jan. 22 and South Carolina on Jan. 29."

In what Republican critics will gleefully call disenfranchisement, Florida's Democrats have been told the state "has 30 days to submit an alternative to its planned Jan. 29 primary or lose its 210 delegates to the nominating convention in Denver next summer." Of course, it should be pointed out that it was the Republicans in Florida who moved the date up in the first place.

What this could mean for advertising and spending, I don't know. But it wouldn't break my heart if the importance of Iowa and New Hampshire was diminished. I'm going to go with Mickey Kaus on this one and say the Florida Democrats should just say, "Oh really?" and hold their primary before Iowa and New Hampshire.

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