New Hampshire Democrats have a message for Presidentish Joe Biden, delivered figuratively with a flinty New England middle-finger salute to his plan to upend the traditional primary schedule.
For more than a century, New Hampshire voters have enjoyed the privilege of holding the first-in-the-nation presidential primary election, in recent decades quick on the heels of the Iowa caucuses. There’s even a state law mandating that New Hampshire hold its primary seven days before any other state.
Biden, however, tossed tradition aside — and gave New Hampshire’s primary law the finger — last year, when he “recommended” that South Carolina go first. Under Biden’s plan, which was quickly endorsed by the DNC, South Carolina would hold its primary on Feb. 6. That vote would be followed quickly one week later by New Hampshire and Nevada.
Maybe this sounds like a whole bunch of pointless infighting, but there’s a method to Biden’s disdain: Democrat reliance on racial politics.
When Biden made his proposed primary schedule changes, he wrote, “For decades, Black voters in particular have been the backbone of the Democratic Party but have been pushed to the back of the early primary process.” Moving South Carolina up and New Hampshire back would change that math.