I'm not sure what Hillary Clinton could say or do other than to stay out of the spotlight altogether, or declare right now that she's not going to run for president again for any of these pundits to agree that she's not "getting political," but apparently speaking up about voter suppression now means you've officially started a presidential campaign, or so say the talking heads on this week's Meet the Press.
I think Will Durst summed up what we're watching here very well in a guest post over at The Political Carnival on this endless campaign season being perpetuated by the media, with, as Laffy noted,stomach turning, "endless, pointless speculation" over three years out.
It’s time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after Breaking Bad ends its run? Okay, maybe that’s number 2. The big one is who’s going to be the Democratic Presidential candidate in November of 2016? 38 months and counting.
Having gone almost a year without the least meager of Presidential Race morsels to munch on, journos are doing whatever it takes to jump- start a tasty plate of appetizers. Also, it’s August, which means politically, there’s less going on in Washington than a vacuum in a crater at the southern most base of Neptune’s thirteenth moon.
If you suspect this might all be a bit premature. YES. INDEED. YOU BET. Your instincts are correct sir. This sort of speculation normally doesn’t kick into gear until a year and a half out; two years, tops, but the accelerated pace is today’s norm. Rapid is the new sauntering. Welcome to Extreme Campaigning. 24/7.
Of course, they do have a point. President Barack Obama’s second term has already entered its 7th month. It is more than an eighth over. The guy is history. Spent. Taking up space. Got the “How Can We Miss You If You Won’t Go Away” Blues. Way beyond lame duck, he’s a differently-abled turducken. A quadriplegic platypus. His goose is undergoing severe cookage.
Barack could nip the suspense in the bud by stepping down and giving Joe Biden a leg up. Because the job will not be Biden’s for the taking. He’s going to need a crowbar the size of Idaho to pry the nomination from a certain someone who’s already spent 8 years in the White House. Albeit, in the East Wing. And not baking cookies thank you very much.
Go read the rest for his take on what happened the last time the media decided to anoint Clinton the winner of the primary before it started and what might happen this time around. He's also spot with the media feeling the need to constantly declare that President Obama is a lame duck. I think that started about a day after he got reelected though.
Transcript of this morning's hackery on Meet the Press below the fold.
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