As one Nevada operative put it, the Silver State has emerged as an “ugly stepchild” of sorts in the presidential primary so far, with the traditional early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina hogging all spotlight. Nevada is scheduled to hold the third primary contest next year after Iowa and New Hampshire.
Compared with Democrats’ caucuses four years ago, Republicans are far behind in fundraising, voter outreach, campaign visits, staffing and party organization — a signal that the GOP caucuses could be a bust.
Working against Nevada Republicans is the absence of a Harry Reid-like figure drawing national attention and donations to the state, a major factor in Democrats’ success four years ago. They also don’t have a built-in organizing force such as labor unions, which also drove caucus attendance for Democrats four years ago.
And although the party is looking to contract with a firm that has experience organizing the Iowa caucuses, it has yet to hire a caucus director or raise enough money to hire such a firm.
Of course, the usual suspects are claiming they don't need organizing. After all, Barack Obama was a community organizer, so organizing must be evil and "LIB'RUL!!!" Rather, they're counting on "momentum"... You know, "momentum" of the Sharrontology variety. And now, it looks like that's exactly what they'll be getting.
Even prominent DC Republicans are freaking out over Rick Perry and his dangerously radical platform that includes abolishing Medicare & Social Security, as well as bankrupting the entire federal government!
Rick & Sharrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrron, sitting in a tree...
And Nevada Republicans really think a Rick Perry vs. Mitt Romney caucus contest will be so great for them? Okey dokey. And I have some land on Las Vegas Boulevard South that I want to sell to them.