The shit's going to hit the fan now. Florida has just screwed up the GOP primary schedule. South Carolina and Arizona are practically ready to go to war.
Florida's Republican presidential primary contest will be held on Jan. 31, 2012, instead of March 6. The scheduling change is likely to ruffle feathers among Republicans in other early primary states.
This week, as 2012 primary calendar watchers trained their gaze on the state of Florida -- where the deadline to decide the date of its presidential primary loomed -- it was anticipated that Florida would follow Arizona's lead and move its primary up the calendar, thus placing Florida in conflict with the traditional early primary states and threatening to throw the agreed-to primary schedule into complete chaos. Well, this morning, the zero hour was reached, and Florida has opted to unleash havoc.
According to the reports bubbling up on Twitter, by a 7-2 vote, the Florida GOP has selected Jan. 31 as the date of its primary. This move is in violation of both Republican National Committee guidelines and the mystic traditions handed down by the ancients that dictated that Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina shall be forever entitled to be the first four contests in every presidential election cycle.