IN THE COMMENTS: Some people are saying this was humor, in the style of Letterman or Reagan. (Take your pick.)
UPDATE: Richardson attempts to explain his remark:
"Look, that was an off-the-cuff comment where I said Iowa and New Hampshire should be first.''So, he's not going with the humor theory. He's got nothing, really.
When pressed further, he said Iowa should launch the primary calendar because "it's a tradition in American politics that has worked.''
"Iowa scrutinizes candidates through a grass-roots state. They are very good at winnowing down candidates,'' he said. "They don't listen to national polls. Iowa voters are very independent and issue-oriented.''