Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a measure to officially move the California presidential primary to February 5, 2008. This move adds California to the long list of states to hold primaries on that date, and attempting to make the state more important in the primary process.
Moving primary dates up, in California and around the country on the whole, only adds to the notion that the most heavily-financed candidates can win. In the past, through having spread out elections, more candidates were able to enter the game in hopes of gaining name recognition through earned media and word of mouth. But with the primary process now so heavily front-loaded, it will only be the wealthies of candidates who can even make it to February 5th.