Democratic primary calendar
DailyKos reports and opines: The DNC commission looking into the primary calendar (and whether IA and NH should maintain their unfairly exhalted role) happened last week, and it looks like nothing much happened.
The less happens, the better for IA and NH. They need nothing to happen to keep the gravy train flowing. For all the high-minded talk of maintaing "retail politics", Iowa and New Hampshire couldn't give two shits about "retail politcs", otherwise they'd be happy to share the wealth with a rotating calendar.
There are other small states in which "retail politics" could take place. But NH and IA has a cottage industry of consultants who make a killing off presidential campaigns. In Iowa, party bosses are wined and dined around the clock, without letup, by candidates seeking their support. The local economy gets a jolt every four years from traveling campaigns and media -- hotels, car rentals, dining establishments, etc.
And aside from money -- the local political establishments fancy themselves presidential kingmakers. That sort of power is hard to surrender. -- Daily Kos :: Dem commission looks into primary calendar