Massachusetts may, possibly, matter to some degree in 2008
The odds look good that Massachusetts will join the de facto national presidential primary on February 5. We were actually part of the biggest primary day in 2004, when we voted on the first Tuesday in March, but with states like California, New York, and Georgia moving their primaries up by a month, we would have lost what little influence we had on the nominating process by standing still. Of course, this is all moot if no more than one major candidate in each party survives the early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
I was interviewed on this topic by WGBH’s Greater Boston; a segment on the topic is scheduled for tonight’s program.