Please, No! 2012 Is Four Years Away!

Okay, I’ve been covering the presidential election for almost two years now, and I’m about ready for it to be over.  I’m tired.  I’ve got a book I’m working on that has gotten dusty, a personal blog I need to go back and try and get up off the ground again, and a daughter that has learned how to walk, talk, and use the potty since last I’ve had the chance to pay her any kind of attention.

So I was kind of looking forward to November 5th if for no other reason than because I would have at least two years before presidential politics reared its ugly head again.

No dice.

On the other hand, this isn’t very good news for McCain.  Imagine, if you will, what it would say about your presidential campaign now in 2008 if the power struggles to be your party’s nominee in 2012 had already begun.  We’re not talking about the mainstream media, and we’re not talking about the opposing party, but your very own party already scrapping and clawing for power in the wake of what they must feel is your inevitable demise.

If you happen to suffer from low self esteem, this probably isn’t going to help much.

One of the major stories over this weekend in the presidential race was the grumblings that Sarah Palin is “going rogue.”  McCain campaign insiders have gone so far as to call Palin a “Diva” and have even suggested that Palin is now running on her own agenda, taking steps to minimize what this presidential campaign may do to her future career and install herself as a leading candidate for 2012.

The intrigue elevates, though, when we come to find out that some of the anti-Palin sentiment coming from within the McCain campaign may actually have Mitt Romney’s fingerprints on it.

Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin‘s bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. “Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won’t be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,” says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. “The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He’s in charge on November 5th.”

Romney has kept a low profile nationally since being denied the vice presidential nomination. He is currently traveling for the National Republican Congressional Committee in support of some House members, and has attended events for a handful of other House members who have sought his support, but he has traveled little for the McCain-Palin ticket. “He said the only time he’d travel for us is if we assured him that national cameras would be there,” says a McCain campaign communications aide. “He’s traveled to Nevada and a couple other states for us. That’s about it.”

And thus, while we have not even decided the election this year, the race for the Republican nomination in 2012 already appears to be underway.  For what it’s worth I think that this is all more than a little premature.  Yes, we haven’t even voted and that should be taken into consideration, but it is also presumptive to start making a run for the White House four years in advance.  No one knows what the political climate will be like four years from now, no one knows what the major issue is going to be.  Indeed, we can’t even tell if the ideological make up of this country will remain relatively the same or shift one direction or another.

Should Obama win this election, we don’t know how strong his administration will be, nor what his approval numbers will be like four years down the road, and all of these things and much more are vital in deciding who should run, and how they should run.

Not that I’m complaining much, I think the cannibalistic rivalry is great… for Democrats!

One Response to “Please, No! 2012 Is Four Years Away!”

  1. Mark says:

    The sad thing is, neither of them understand how little chance they have at the GOP nomination in 2012. Both are indistinguishable from the Frankenstein’s monster, “pu-pu platter” Republicanism that has characterized the last 8 years and that has lead to electoral ruin this year. The GOP is going to undergo some serious soul searching over the next couple of years. I don’t know who is going to come out on top, but I’d place money that whoever wins will either be closely aligned with Mike Huckabee or will be named Mike Huckabee.

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