Former Governor Sarah Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee, was in Iowa yesterday.
This proves, of course, that the 2012 presidential campaign is underway. You remember Iowa? First in the nation caucuses, it's where George McGovern upset Ed Muskie in 1972 and went on the become the Democratic presidential nominee? That Iowa. It's a good state for a first test. Blacks are under-represented, but the people are literate and tend to select thoughtful politicians of both parties.
I know it's early; we haven't even had the 2010 midterm elections yet. But presidential campaigns seem to start earlier with each new cycle, so this is not really a surprise. Want more proof? President Obama is going to Iowa, too, later this month. You knew he was going to run again, didn't you?
The British do it differently, of
course. Their campaigns are short--about a month, if I remember
rightly. But length has its charms. Everyone gets tired and you see
glimpses of character you might otherwise miss. I remember one weary nominee, being heckled by rowdies at an airport one night, saying to a shouter in a soft but firm voice, "Kiss my ass." It made me like him.
Anyway, it's started. Brace yourselves. Sure, the election is more than two years off, but we'll be having those Iowa caucuses in just over a year.