On the surface it sounds like a great idea.
Yes, I live in the first in the nation caucus state of Iowa, and take full advantage of the influence that provides me as a conservative activist (and I enthusiastically encourage my brethren here to do likewise). I’m also proud of the job my home state does making the candidates come out from behind their consulted-crafted talking points and commercials, and actually retail politic with the populace.
Nonetheless, it’s always seemed utterly silly to me the Republican Party often determines its presidential nominee before the bulk of the conservative-leaning states in the South get to have a say. After all, shouldn’t a majority of the base of the party have a say in who its standard-bearer is? Isn’t the majority of that base found in places like Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi?
That’s why initially I was excited to hear news of a “Southern Super Tuesday” to be held as early as March 1st during the 2016 GOP presidential primary. New party rules have the Iowa Caucuses in February after they started right after New Year’s the past two cycles to maintain their pre-eminence. Next comes New Hampshire, South Carolina, and then Nevada. And unlike 2008 and 2012 when states like Florida attempted to move their primaries up in order to gain relevance, the penalties for attempting that again are so Draconian it’s highly unlikely we’ll see any other states attempt to go before March 1st.