Here's a joke:
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on the interstate. Please be careful!"
"Hell," said Herman, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"
The Louisiana Republican Party is Herman.
While other states jockey to be among the first to hold their primary or caucus, Louisiana, which has a primary and a caucus, is racing toward the end of the line. What's the importance of being an early-voting state? I'll answer that question with a question: If Iowa and New Hampshire voted say, in late April, after three-fourths of the states had voted, would you pay any attention to the results? Also, late-voting states practically disenfranchise their voters if one of the candidates has secured a majority of delegates to the national convention.
The candidates pay a lot more attention to early-voting states, too. In Iowa and New Hampshire, it's common for candidates to mingle face-to-face with regular Joe and Jane voters at local diners. This has many advantages for Joe and Jane. Imagine having the opportunity to dump a plate of spaghetti on Gingrich or Santorum.
In 2008, the Louisiana Republican caucus was held January 22, seventh in the nation. Not bad, seventh.
In 2012, some of the early states got a little antsy and moved up so as to be even earlier. Not Louisiana, though. Remember, Louisiana is Herman. Here's what the geniuses in the Louisiana Republican Party just announced: The 2012 Louisiana Republican caucus will be held April 28, putting Louisiana thirty-seventh in the nation. Not so good, thirty-seventh.
So, Super Tuesday is March 6. The Louisiana Republican primary is March 24. The caucus is five weeks after that.
Nice job, Herman.