Joe Biden and the Democrats actually went there.
Presidential elections will never be the same.
And all hell broke loose when Democrats made this big voting change in 2024.
Years of woke Democrats complaining that Iowa and New Hampshire were not diverse enough paid off when Joe Biden recommended a massive shakeup to how the party votes for presidential nominees.
For decades Democrats and Republicans both ran their first four nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.
But social justice warriors whined that Iowa and New Hampshire were overwhelmingly white states and thus not representative of America.
When the Iowa Democrat Party melted down on caucus night in 2020 and could not count votes leading to no clear winner national Democrats had the opening to push Iowa and New Hampshire aside.
Joe Biden – who owed his nomination to massive black voter support in the South Carolina primary – suggested a new schedule with South Carolina first, followed by Nevada and New Hampshire with Michigan and Georgia joining the new early state schedule.
The Washington Post reports:
President Biden has asked leaders of the Democratic National Committee to make South Carolina the nation’s first primary state, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada a week later, and hold subsequent weekly primaries in Georgia and Michigan, according to Democrats briefed on the plans.
The tectonic decision to remake his party’s presidential nominating calendar for 2024 came as a shock to party officials and state leaders who had been lobbying hard in recent weeks to gain a place in the early calendar, which historically attracts millions of dollars in candidate spending and attention. While many in the party had long anticipated changes, the specific order Biden proposed had generated little if any chatter in Democratic circles. Much of the talk among Democrats had not focused much on either South Carolina going first or Georgia joining the early mix.
The proposal is likely to win approval from the Democratic officials, given the support from the leader of the party. By breaking with decades of tradition, Biden’s move is meant to signal his party’s commitment to elevating more variety — demographic, geographic and economic — in the early nominating process. Iowa, a largely White state that historically held the nation’s first Democratic caucus and experienced embarrassing problems tabulating results in 2020, would have no early role in the Biden plan.
This new schedule will change presidential nominating contests forever.
Republicans may end up changing their calendar to match Democrats because it costs less money if Democrats and Republicans hold primaries on the same day.
South Carolina going first with Georgia and Michigan in the early states makes it impossible for grassroots candidates to win.
Those are three big states where candidates with high name ID and access to millions of special interest and establishment dollars win because they can bombard the airwaves with TV ads.
In 2020 more delegates were at stake in Michigan than Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada combined.
Corporate-funded candidates could build insurmountable momentum and delegate leads by showering South Carolina, Georgia and Michigan with TV ads without ever having to test their mettle interacting with voters in smaller settings as is the case in the retail politics states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
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