WARNING! Personal opinion to follow! May be influenced by excessive coffee.When should he start? The Republicans are already starting. I'm trying to see when W started his but I can't seem to find it. It would be interesting to contrast the two.
I don't think it ever stops IMONate Silver is doing an interesting series at fivethirtyeight (now at the NYTimes) about the historical accuracy of early primary polling and the effect of name recognition.
The take-away is that these early starts to campaigns currently appear to benefit those who manage their brand the best for longest. If the trend continues, we may get to the point where, literally, campaigning never stops.
Quick, go check and see what stienman was saying on the forums about GWB back in May 2003!This is the normal time that a sitting president begins the re-election campaign. Nothing new here. It does make me wonder, steinman, if you would have made this thread had it been a Republican in office starting his re-election campaign.
Just because "The other guys did it this way" doesn't make it the best choice. He's got a campaign manager, sure, but he's got limited time. Do you honestly think that the 5-10 hours this month of his time is better spent on campaigning than it is on, oh, the other million things on his plate?This is the normal time that a sitting president begins the re-election campaign. Nothing new here.
I see you are using rule #7537890: When you can't adequately defend yourself, attack the person who is asking questions.It does make me wonder, steinman, if you would have made this thread had it been a Republican in office starting his re-election campaign.
I'm not going to bother with most of the drivel you posted, so I'll just leave you with this:*a bunch of crap*
That's about the only reasonable thing you're saying. Otherwise it comes off as "It was okay for Bush to do that stuff because he didn't say he'd be any better than anyone else."So much for "change" - it sounds like we should just scratch out the BUSH above and scrawl in OBAMA.
I used to think this would be the case, but now I'm convinced it's only a matter of time before someone or another goes in this direction (not on this board, just in general).I don't recall ever hearing anyone who criticizes Obama being labeled a traitor or accused of being in league with the terrorists...
Lol, can you imagine a world with no political ads on tv or radio? Sigh... It sounds so wonderful. Seriously I wish we had a debate system in place that could just knock out a lot of the need for advertising.
I hadn't realized that I was being viewed this way, nevermind my reputation prevents you, and very likely others, from taking my criticism seriously.If it's any consolation, I had much the same thought.2) You constantly gripe about Obama. Constantly. Thus, it's perfectly valid to question whether you are truly bothered that he is campaigning this early, or if this is your latest excuse to gripe about something Obama has done.
Exactly. I really wish both parties would spend the next 5 years forging some new leaders. 2016 is going to be an absolute blood bath as it is, but we could at least use some competent people.Obama is a shitty centrist President, and that's the best we're gonna get until a lot more terrible old people die.