It began a while ago….
The media has had sprinkles of stories on it….
But with the midterms as the big story fading?
The Democratic efforts will become a big horse race story for media editors to send reporter out to do stories on….
For 2020 do we see Joe Biden do a Hillary Clinton and dominate the process?
A fight between the Progressives and the middle of the roaders?
Do we actually see a knock down , drag out fight among over 20 would be candidates?
The amount of political campaign donor money will dry up for those seen as having little to no chance coming out ahead in the end….
And THAT will cancel a lot of nomination sweepstakes ticket holders…
“There are dozens of potential candidates and the size of the field dictates the calendar,” Bannon said. “Candidates could get lost in the shuffle if they don’t stake their claims early.
“The candidates are like the Sooners. Thousands of them lined up on the Texas border on the day the Oklahoma territory was opened to settlement. Their motto was the sooner you get there, the more fertile farmland you get,” Bannon said. “So the sooner you start, the better off the candidates will be . . . The latecomers eat dirt.”
Democratic strategist David Wade, who served as a senior aide to 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, also expects to see candidates begin to announce in the coming weeks.
“There’s a window between Thanksgiving and New Year’s which will define much of the field,” Wade said. “You want to get out front, line up commitments from donors, and lock down staff and activists ahead of the competition, period.
“Unromantic as it is, it isn’t a decision to overthink or overproduce, it’s a decision about ruthless efficiency,” he said.
The only would-be candidates who have the luxury of waiting are the better-known candidates like Biden and Michael Bloomberg. For everyone else, Wade added, “it’s a rush to get out there.”