Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray and jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than party leaders had hoped. . . .Apparently, the petty tyrants in the politburo of the Republican National Committee believe that they can dictate the time and manner in which states hold their elections. The United States Constitution says otherwise. Article 1, Section 4:
If that happens, it would almost certainly force the traditional early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to leapfrog Florida and move their primaries and caucuses into early- to mid-January. . . .
Florida's move would directly violate RNC rules that forbid any state other than the first four "carve-out" states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina -- from holding a primary before March 6. [Emphasis added.]
States that ignore the RNC rules are subject to losing half of their delegates -- party representatives who ultimately choose the nominee -- to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, next August.
The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Chusing Senators.The very idea that a narrow, factionalist group such as the Republican party could override the US Constitution and the federalist system of government, and dictate when a state decides to hold any election, should be held in contempt by every thinking American. Now the question is whether the people of Florida will kowtow to the demands of the party's apparatchiks or assert their political independence as guaranteed by the US Constitution.