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Might New Hampshire relent on its 'first primary' status? Not a chance.

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(Read caption) Republican presidential candidates gather ahead of the presidential debate at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., last week. They are joined by Bloomberg reporter Julianna Goldman, debate questioner Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post, and TV host and interviewer Charlie Rose.

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Don't mess with New Hampshire.

That's our advice to states jostling to move up their primaries or caucuses to have more influence on the presidential nomination process. Yes, we're looking at you Nevada, now that you've moved up your caucus to Jan. 14. Don't think you're going to horn in on the Granite State's turf. You'll notice that New Hampshire on Monday opened registration for its as-yet unscheduled first-in-the-nation primary vote.

New Hampshire really will hold that election in December to maintain its clear primacy in primaries, as it is threatening to do. If it has to it will turn back time and hold it last March.

You want to know how independent voters up there are? They once chose someone who hadn’t entered their primary, wasn’t running for president, and was working out of the country at the time. He ended up winning the general election and served two terms in the White House. That’s one reason a former governor, John Sununu, boasted in 1988 that “the people of Iowa pick corn; the people of New Hampshire pick presidents.”

The story is this: In December 1951 Dwight Eisenhower was serving in Europe as NATO’s first supreme commander. For years he’d done his best to ignore all the people begging him to enter politics. People weren’t even sure to which party his allegiance belonged.


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