That was then and this is now.
The dam has broken and the rush is on to move primaries earlier and earlier.
- SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Seeking to give Californians a voice in choosing the next U.S. presidential candidates, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on Thursday a bill to move the presidential primary election in the nation's most populous state to February 2008.
"Moving up the primary from June to February gives California the influence it deserves in choosing the next presidential candidates," Schwarzenegger said at a news conference to commemorate the bill's signing.
And, good idea New Jersey, Florida, Missouri, Michigan and Texas. In fact half of the states are talking about moving up.
Bad for the Iowa caucuses? Probably not. Some experts believe that the Iowa caucuses will be even more important becuase a big win in Iowa (and good showing or win in nevada, new Hampshire, and South Carolina) would be like a super booster rocket in the big states.
So, come on down to Iowa in January of 2008! We are ready for you.