Thank you Dan Balz.
Balz of the Washington Post and one of the senior members of the national political press corps wrote a piece for the Sunday Post headlined: “It’s 2015, not 2016: The presidential races won’t be decided today.” Of course that was yesterday. There are probably fresh poll numbers out since that story ran.
I don’t have data at hand, but there’s simply no doubt that the media mob has broken the record, and by a wide margin, for the earliest total daily obsession with the next presidential race. In the race for the Republican nomination, there is no frontrunner, so it’s safe to absurdly declare that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the frontrunner because, although he is polling in the teens, he is — in Iowa — a couple of percentage points ahead of someone else, whose flavor of the month moment lies ahead. (That, by the way, was not a prediction that Walker will or won’t be the nominee or the next president. I don’t know and you don’t know and neither does anyone else.)
And, by the way, in case I haven’t mentioned it for a few days, how absurd is it that Iowa holds this permanent special status in the process?
Meanwhile, the actual holders of various national political office are facing some fairly weighty matters, and are showing few signs that they can deal with them rationally.