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WSJ slams Florida Republicans over 'insider play' to move up presidential primary



The WSJ has a biting take on the Jan. 31 primary move, in an editorial titled, "Florida Republicans for Obama." (The online version carries a picture of House Speaker Dean Cannon but it might as well include most of the GOP bigwigs, including Sen. Marco Rubio, as there was wide support for the early primary.)

Texas Governor Rick Perry only recently entered the race, Herman Cain is getting his first serious look by the national media, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may still enter. GOP voters should want to see who can take a punch and who is built for the long haul. They should also want their nominee's potential weaknesses or skeletons exposed during the primary campaign, rather than become fodder for the Obama-MoveOn-Soros-media machine once it's too late to change.

Under Republican National Committee rules, the Florida GOP will pay for queue-jumping by losing half of its delegates to the nominating convention in Tampa in August. So the claim of enhancing Florida's voice is false on its face. This has the aroma of an insider play to shut down the primary contest early, and Republicans won't go along if they want the strongest nominee.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:36am]


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