Why do Iowa, New Hampshire get first pick?

The efforts of states to cut in on the primacy of Iowa and New Hampshire in the presidential primaries prompted a New York Times writer to observe: “Iowa and New Hampshire voters display an uncommon command of issues, a sophistication about the contest and its candidates, an understanding of history and an eagerness to participate that clearly sets them apart.”
Here’s an idea: Give voters in the 48 other states now forced to follow Iowa and New Hampshire a chance to go first so they can develop fine qualities, too. Sounds like a smart way to nurture democracy.
Posted by Rhonda Holman