politician: “The presidential campaigns do not start definitively. The 2024 race had ‘already started’ this past June, or it was March, or even before the last election, in the fall of 2020. Show up to a Lincoln Day dinner in Portsmouth or Des Moines, and you’ll be treated to a a smorgasbord of ‘flirting with’, ‘joking around’, ‘kicking the tires’ and other ‘unofficial kick offs’ of a presidential campaign”.
“But every four years, there is a moment when both political parties and the media decide to stop daydreaming about the next one and jump right in. debate boycott, between deconstructing Mike Pompeo’s weight loss and the lead up to Donald Trump’s first rally of the year on Saturday, it happened.”
“Ten months before the 2022 midterms, Washington’s head is firmly on 2024. The immediate cause of the change in perspective, as is so often the case, is Trump.”