Paul  Weyrich

When a New Hampshire voter was asked why he was not voting for a particular candidate he replied, "Well, I only had a chance to talk with him twice." This sort of retail politics is recorded by the media. Once Iowa and New Hampshire are finished attention turns to the more populous states, where what is said is in the hands of the media anchors. So when there is talk of skipping these two states we ought to be outraged. They provide one of the few opportunities we have to hear real people during the Presidential campaign. Proposals to do away with these states as unrepresentative are coming from the media elites, even from some conservatives. The point is that Iowa and New Hampshire are authentic. The Constitutions of Iowa and New Hampshire also require that they hold the first primaries or caucuses. Of course, the Federal Government can roll over those constitutions if it so chooses. If it were to do so then what little that remains of the 10th Amendment would be forsaken. The 2008 Presidential election may be the last in which these states are so honored unless common sense prevails.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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