somewhat transparent attention-flagging and fundraising potential of Rand, son of Ron, Paul's talking filibuster (except we shouldn't, should we?) and consider whether there are other signs that the scion of the house of Ron is planning on taking up the family business of running for president. It's 2013. We just had a presidential election. Ferchrisssakes, why are we speculating about who's running in 2016 already?
Except it doesn't feel avoidable, does it? Here comes Jeb Bush, supposedly the smarter of the Bush spawn. He's written a book. Writing a book is supposed to be a tell that a politician is thinking of running for something, isn't it? He's also feeling out positions regarding important policy decisions. Is he contradicting himself? Very well, then, he's contradicting himself. His name-recognition is large, and he might gamble that it can contain multitudes.
And how about the water-carrier for conservatism as of the SOTU address, about a minute ago, Marco Rubio? Is there any sign that he's trying to raise his profile--besides signing on to the talking filibuster with his own brand of legislative-branch lyric-spitting? Fact is, he's busted a move on the ACA by threatening to shutdown the government (yes, shut it down!) unless Obamacare is defunded.
Shit. That's a serious amount of goat roping, for someone who isn't going to be in no rodeo, amirite?
It is 2013. I still have the stank of blogging about possible Romney running mates clinging to my fingers. I don't want to be thinking about knobs jostling for position in another poll-measuring contest just yet. But the signs that the contest is already on are ALL THERE.
Can't these wannabes just wait and see how stuff goes down in 2014 before they start shaking a tin cup at their prospective donors? Is it possible these guys are just acting up for the short-term news cycle? Do I have to think about 2016, already?
(Please, Gentle Readers, tell me "no". I won't believe you, but I'll feel better.)