There may not be any active presidential candidates as yet, but each party has now picked the site where their standard-bearer will be officially nominated next year. Democrats last week announced that they would hold their 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C. This follows the Republicans’ earlier selection of Tampa, Florida. Both will be late summer affairs with Democrats meeting the week of Sept. 3, and Republicans a week earlier.
At this time four years ago, the 2008 presidential campaign was already well underway. Candidates were criss-crossing the country, raising money and jockeying for position in the public opinion polls. So far this year, all is quiet on the western front… and the northern, eastern and southern fronts as well. Candidates are laying low, remaining coy about their intentions, and basically acting as though a shorter campaign would be all to the good.
Presidential son Ron Reagan has just penned a book about his famous dad, titled My Father at 100: A Memoir. It reportedly is 228 pages in length and takes a look at the president’s long life, starting with the family’s roots in Ireland.
Often, the biennial vote for House speaker closely resembles the quadrennial tally of the electoral vote, a pro forma count occasionally interrupted by a dissenting vote from a “faithless elector.”
The identity of the field of candidates for the 2012 presidential race may yet to be known. But within the next three weeks, the rules under which they must conduct their campaigns should be in place.