Rich Galen

The Iowa GOP had to count about 120,000 ballots including some made out in favor of long-forgotten names like Bachmann, Perry, and Huntsman. Nevada will only have to count slightly more than a third of that number and they can't get it done.

It's not just that this is unfair to Republicans - the national polls shift up and down with results of elections in individual states - it's downright embarrassing.

If I were the Democratic National Committee I would be running an ad saying:

Republicans tell you they want to run the country. Republicans want you to trust them to run the world. They can't even run simple elections in small states. Who would you trust? Obama 2012

I believe the only reason in federal law for the two national committees - The Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee - to exist is to choose their respective candidates for President.

That has been the reasoning behind using federal funds to help pay for the two national conventions which this year will be in Tampa, Florida in August (RNC) and in Charlotte, North Carolina (DNC).

But, Chairman Priebus can, and should, use that provision to immediately take control of the caucus states and restore some sense of order and confidence in a system which is off to a very bad start.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at