Word is out. Big changes at the White House.
Senior Advisor David Axelrod’s moving back to Chicago to start the 2012 campaign. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is leaving the podium to become a campaign consultant. Bill Daley and David Plouffe are moving into the White House to coordinate with the campaign.
At Thursday’s White House briefing, reporters were asking: Isn’t this awfully early? Aren’t you starting too soon? To which the answer is: No way!
Sure, in theory, it’d be best to wait till 2012 to start the 2012 campaign. But that’s not how it works anymore. Unfortunately, all campaigns start earlier and last longer.
Republicans certainly aren’t waiting around for 2012. Already last year, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin were traveling around the country, drumming up support. And they’re still at it. Joined, this year, by Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Mike Pence and Donald Trump.
The first Republican debate will be held this Spring at the Reagan Library. The first New Hampshire Republican debate is scheduled for May 7. And the Iowa Straw Poll is set for August 13.
No, by ramping up his re-election campaign, President Obama’s not starting too early. He’s just joining the club!
That’s my parting shot for today.