New Hampshire and Iowa are something like 95% white, and that just doesn't make sense in a country where Democrats get a large portion of their general election votes from minorities. You end up with a nominee like John Kerry, who doesn't reflect the desire of the party overall.
So I say well done to Howard Dean and the DNC for forcing this through. With NV and SC in the mix, this will be a much better process. New Hampshire is already crying bloody murder, but they're just protecting their state's financial well-being, and you can't really blame them. For the good of the country, this needs to happen.