Almost immediately, as if to counter the possibility that Sarah Palin would become the annointed, inevitable
And then this morning, I can read that the Obama camp is already preparing their campaign template to run against Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney or pretty much anyone else the GOP nominates -- by running against George W. Bush. The idea is, I guess, that any GOP candidate is "going backwards" while Obama is "going forwards" and therefore the representative of "change" despite being the incumbent.
When you play chess, if your first or second moves are not what you wanted, you still have time to change your strategy and set up a different kind of play. That's the import that should be read into these "events," which of course are not really events at all but simply factoids and throwaway comments scooped up by a voracious and hypercompetitive news industry hungry for any kind of a political story at all. Chances are still favorable that the eventual GOP nominee will be someone who right now has a relatively low profile and some ideas that can catch fire. (A guy can always hope, right?)
Today's point is -- the 2012 Presidential election is now underway.