Respecting the rules of the game is as important in politics as it is in baseball, and permitting exceptions to established rules generally leads to chaos. Unfortunately in 2012, there is no more important prize for the GOP than Florida. If the Republican Party cannot capture the hearts and minds of the Sunshine State electorate, President Obama will easily win reelection next year.
The RNC’s rules were created to promote an orderly process. Perhaps the party needs to create a “sacrifice the order” rule to accommodate a game where the pitches from the opposing team are coming in a little harder into a changing strike zone. That is, after all, the more long-term problem for the GOP and its presidential nomination process.
Given the extensive population shifts that have taken place in the U.S. over the last 20 years, it’s a bit of an anachronism to give so much emphasis to caucus and primary voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.
If the GOP wants to successfully challenge Obama in 2012 and credibly vie for the White House in the future, it might want to reconsider the order of states in its presidential nomination process and place a greater primacy on the opinions of the Republican base in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Texas and Nevada, states that look to be bellwethers for years to come.