Hugh Hewitt

The GOP is eager for the primaries to begin, and a strong field has emerged that includes the return of Giuliani, Huckabee and Romney to the hunt, but which also includes Jeb Bush, Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels. (Sarah Palin has decided to wait until the conclusion of the second term she won handily in 2010 before deciding on a future course.)

MoveOn.org activists meet with David Plouffe and Harold Ickes and decide it is time to pick the GOP nominee, and instructions go out to the Obama and Clinton networks in Iowa: "Reregister as Republicans. Instructions to follow." The same message goes to New Hampshire lefties. The left doesn't even bother to hide their design. It is legal, and it is politics. The example of Rush is everywhere pointed to when Republicans object to the hijacking of their process. No matter, the law is the law. The left will decisively impact the GOP nominee.

Unless the GOP moves now to change that. To do so, it needs to mandate that Iowa will caucus on the same day that New Hampshire votes, that New Hampshire will close its primary so that only Republicans so registered by the close of 2011 can cast a ballot, and that two other states will vote on the same day --the state in which John McCain won by the narrowest margin and the state in which he lost by the narrowest count, which would mean Missouri and North Carolina would be invited to vote on the same day as New Hampshire. (This last formula for adding states also conveys to all other states that they might not be locked forever ought of the primaries that count most.)

New Hampshire will scream and moan of course, but so what. Let them move their primary again and again. What matters is that Republicans in large states vote very early in 2012 to dilute any attempt to manipulate the process.

"That which gets rewarded gets repeated" is a saying among compensation experts. Expect "Operation Chaos" to be replicated by the Dems in 2012, and steps need to be taken now to telegraph that such efforts will not work, or at least not as effectively as they might if the old schedule and rules are adhered to.


Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.