New Hampshire and Iowa Unlikely to Lose Positions

According to the Des Moine Register "Despite the clamor from some national Democrats to dump Iowa from its leading role in the presidential nominating race, only one alternative to the traditional Iowa-New Hampshire kickoff will be offered when national party leaders meet this weekend."

"Of the three proposals to be presented to a Democratic National Committee commission in Chicago on Saturday, only Michigan's delegation is expected to challenge the traditional first-in-the-nation status of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire pri- mary."

"Observers say, as some commission members do privately, that it's unlikely Iowa and New Hampshire will lose their coveted positions as the first major nominating contests in 2008."

"Front-loading, I think, has contributed to a perception that Iowa and New Hampshire have too much influence," said Shumaker, a former diplomat in the Clinton administration. "If that's the perception, then that is a classic unintended consequence of front-loading in order to get a nominee early."