NY Times article about Republican primaries
Headline for the article says Party Rules to Streamline Race May Backfire for G.O.P. Implicit in the headline is the assumption that a quick win for Donald Trump is worse for the G.O.P than a race that is not “streamlined.”
“There is a bubble of delusion among Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., with regard to their parties’ respective nominating processes,” Mr. Schmidt [a senior adviser to Senator John McCain of Arizona when he ran for president in 2008] said. “There is no magic date upon which the air will come out of the Donald Trump balloon. The notion that Donald Trump cannot be the Republican nominee is completely and totally wrong.”
The new rules make it more likely that if someone wins both Iowa and New Hampshire, he will quickly run away with the nomination. Trump is currently leading the polls in both of those states.