Some Democrats Resisting Party’s Plan to Hold South Carolina Primary First
“It’s not that Democrats don’t like his choice, but many see more viable options that check the same boxes and offer more benefits–and are now finding themselves in uncomfortable opposition to the administration.”
Democrats are currently trying to change the order of primary states ahead of 2024, moving South Carolina to the front of the line. Some critics are calling this political payback for Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who helped Biden’s faltering campaign in 2020.
Biden was spinning his wheels until he won the South Carolina primary. Since he is likely to run again in 2024, Democrats obviously want to kick off their primary season in a state Biden is sure to win.
The problem is that not all Democrats are on board with this plan.
Rebecca Downs writes at Townhall:
Dems Still in Disarray and Confusion Over South Carolina Primary Status
In recent weeks, Democrats have come out in favor of granting South Carolina the first in the nation status when it comes to primaries. President Joe Biden himself indicated support in a letter that Spencer covered at the time earlier this month, and his plan was approved by the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee. Iowa, which currently holds that status with its caucus, won’t even be included in the top five states if a proposed timeline takes effect. This is supposedly because Iowa isn’t diverse enough. Not all Democrats are on board, though. Several New Hampshire Democrats made their displeasure known about their state potentially losing its early status by boycotting the White House Congressional ball. They’re not the only ones who have different suggestions, though for different reasons…
On South Carolina, Trudo writes that “It’s not that Democrats don’t like his choice, but many see more viable options that check the same boxes and offer more benefits–and are now finding themselves in uncomfortable opposition to the administration.”
There’s still a preoccupation with the first in the nation state having diversity, as this is the Democratic Party we’re talking about, after all.
New Hampshire Democrats don’t want to lose their status:
New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary strengthens our country and democracy, and makes for better candidates. https://t.co/t2dxATFaC5
— Maggie Hassan (@Maggie_Hassan) December 15, 2022
New Hampshire first put the presidential nominating process in the hands of the people.
Our first-in-the-nation primary gives every candidate a fair shake and ensures the process is driven by voters. #NHPoliticshttps://t.co/jYFkTQ15IY
— Chris Pappas (@ChrisPappasNH) December 15, 2022
Rachel Schilke of the Washington Examiner has more on this:
Some Democrats are concerned that selecting South Carolina, a recommendation supported by President Joe Biden, was politically motivated. Biden won handily in South Carolina in 2020, but finished fourth in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire, and a very distant second in Nevada. The president has not officially announced his plans for reelection.
Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said in an interview with the Hill that conversations are still being had behind closed doors.
“I think there’s a process right now of conversations happening, people getting ducks in a row, and seeing if there’s a collective effort to make this push,” Green said.
Green said the White House put people in a tight spot because nobody wants to be fighting with the president about the calendar.
“The obvious move is for people to say together that it should be a diverse state that is competitive in the general election like Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina, and let the White House choose which one they want to go first,” he said.
Democrats are eyeing Georgia in particular, after Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) won reelection in his runoff against Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
This seems like an awful lot of work just to accommodate Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign.
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BUYden never won a primary until that crooked fix.
Yup. Sanders was doing too well for the party elite’s liking. The win in SC was just the signal that they decided to choose Biden and it was all downhill from there.
Problem isn’t so much with the Democrat’s primary calendar as it is with their candidates. They all behave like trained seals raising their flippers in unison for every position. Not that there’s anything wrong with trained seals, but makes one wonder who is throwing the fish.
I am a conspiracy theorist and my theory is that something other than fish is being tossed.
And more importantly, why anyone should care which particular seal gets the fish.
NH and especially Iowa hold far too much influence over politicians with aspirations of becoming President. Much of current foolishness of ethanol mandates and subsidies wouldn’t have been implemented had politicians not been afraid to offend Iowa voters. The only two candidates I recall bucking ethanol subsidies and mandates prior to a Presidential run are Cruz and Paul. There may be another but I can’t think of one.
FJB isn’t running again. This move is all about Michelle Obama. She would win SC easily and gain traction towards the nomination.
The only thing remarkable about this is that people among The Screaming D’s who noticed this self-dealing spoke up. They’re not longer afraid of The Hair Sniffer In Chief, or his backers. Interesting.
South Carolina is where they first openly stole the election, ironically, from the Democrats.
Why not be fair and start with the state that had the most mail-in ballots? Or to be more precise, the ballots that counted were the ones showed up when they were needed—after midnight.
Did they ever decide who won the Iowa caucus?
Math is hard for d/prog.
I find it morbidly interesting that we have absolutely no faith in the electoral processes in the last two general elections in Democrat controlled areas based on perceived and now assumed [by many if not most] vote fraud.
And yet, it seems to be that Democrats themselves, in primary elections that will be controlled by the Democrat party, are assuming that any vote counts or results will be honest and reflect the will of the Party members and not the decided upon results of the Party Nomenklatura.
“Several New Hampshire Democrats made their displeasure known about their state potentially losing its early status by boycotting the White House Congressional ball.”
Withering, crushing, stunning, brave!
“This seems like an awful lot of work just to accommodate Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign.”
Don’t underestimate the effort it takes to re-elect a blackened potted plant.