The 2012 Campaign is Starting!

by Sal on November 12, 2010

in Election 2012,Politics

The new Congress hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and already the news is full of stories on 2012.  Already, the first GOP Presidential Primary debate has been scheduled for spring of 2011, and polls are being taken to measure the relative strength of prospective candidates (Palin is polling surprisingly well in states like Maine and Wisconsin, but it is a PPP poll, so take it with a grain of salt).

While fun for political junkies like me, I do wonder if the endless election cycle is a bit much.  In reality, how much is accomplished a full two years before the election?  In the fall of 2006, the favorites for the nominations were Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton, and look how well those favorites fared.  For much of 2007, McCain and Obama were somewhat considered also-rans until their support surged in late 2007/early 2008.  How much does this endless campaign cycle really accomplish?

Frankly, I could use a break, focus on the new Congress, and then start thinking about the Presidential election sometime in mid to late summer of 2011.  Now, I know that’s not going to happen, so we might as well succumb to it and gear up.  Who should run, who will run, and who will win?

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