When was the last time SC didn’t come before Super Tuesday? The 90s? It’s an early state with a high African American % & it’s picked the winner in all but one primary this century. Also it’s an inexpensive media market. People are overthinking this.
— mastodon.social/@Nied (@B_Nied) December 2, 2022
That was the logic, I mean. They should be done away with now.
— Peter Wolf (@peterawolf) December 2, 2022
I look forward to the media being frustrated about having to treat Black people like they matter in the months leading up to the first Democratic primary.
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) December 3, 2022
South Carolina also represents most of today’s Democratic coalition: suburban whites & middle-aged black women who go to church
but you don’t get labor or young people https://t.co/HZ9TryPyG7
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) December 2, 2022
Ed Kilgore, at NYMag, “Why Democrats Upended Their Primary Calendar”:
The half-century run of Iowa as the first stop on the road to the Democratic presidential nomination has finally come to an end. On Friday, the Rules and Bylaws panel of the Democratic National Committee ejected the state from the charmed circle of sanctioned “early states” holding contests prior to March. But thanks to a last-minute push from President Biden, the calendar-makers didn’t just dump Iowa and move up the other states while adding Michigan as a new midwestern early state, as many expected. Instead, South Carolina, in the fourth position since it first became an “early state” in 2008, will jump all the way to the front of the line. This proposal — which apparently came as a complete surprise to the South Carolinians — likely reflected Biden’s gratitude to Palmetto State Democrats for saving his candidacy in 2020 after terrible defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire. And it could be a signal to potential rivals that he intends to begin 2024 with a bang. But it also shows that Democrats generally are serious about diversity being a hallmark of the party and strong engagement of people of color (a majority of South Carolina Democratic primary voters are Black) being a strategic necessity…