“It is not acceptable for Nevada to go before New Hampshire,” Gov. John Lynch told me in a phone interview yesterday.

He added that “it is possible that we will see additional movement” by other states trying to muscle ahead of New Hampshire. But that won’t be allowed either.

One person and one person alone has the authority to set the date of the New Hampshire primary: William M. Gardner, New Hampshire’s secretary of state — or, as he is called in political circles, God.

Gardner will not allow Nevada to go first, no matter whether Nevada calls its contest a caucus, a primary or a ring-toss. ~Roger Simon, The Politico

This increasingly insane race to the front of the primary schedule will obviously serve well the candidates who can perform well in Iowa and New Hampshire.  Anyone hoping for some momentum from a Nevada win to propel him onward through the N.H. primary will apparently be out of luck.  This probably means that the major contenders will focus on these first two, traditionally significant races more than they would have and they will leave Nevada to the second-tier candidates.  This offers the illusion of making the race briefly appear to be more competitive, when what it actually does is to make Nevada as irrelevant as ever.