Blog: Rushing the 'season' and 2016 presidential race

11:07 PM, Nov 11, 2012   |    comments
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I couldn't believe what I was hearing this weekend. When I was navigating my way around evergreen garlands as the Chagrin Valley Jaycees decorated downtown Chagrin Falls Saturday for the upcoming Christmas season, I was thinking that it was 65 degrees and a bit early to be thinking about Christmas.

Heck, I haven't even given Thanksgiving a thought and I still feel like Halloween wasn't really Halloween because Superstorm Sandy kept the kids from trick-or-treating until Nov. 4.

All the while Saturday I was thinking "Happy HalloThanksmas" and then I hear the two people I was talking with start talking about who will be running for President in 2016.

Seriously? We've barely gotten past the 2012 Presidential election -- with Floridajust now bringing up the rear -- and they're talking 2016? Really? I know that political cycles blend into each other but this past election got really nasty and we all need a break.

In fact, I tried to turn the conversation to something else but what I got was the fact that the Cleveland Indians spring training schedule in Goodyear, Ariz., isn't set yet.


Please stop talking about Major League Baseball when we are in the middle of the NFL football season, have three games left for most college football teams and the NBA is just getting its season underway.

I've barely had time to mourn Alabama's loss to Texas A&M Saturday, followed immediately by my Irish beating Boston College. It was the agony and the ecstasy in the space of about seven hours.

Please. Why are we rushing everything? I know that as we get older, time seems to go faster but we need to slow down a bit.

Back to what I started this blog with. For those of you who are already wondering what 2016 may hold for the Presidential election, here's the Cliffs Notes version.

At next week's Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, you will see possible GOP contenders Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey's Chris Christie, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Louisiana's Bobby Jindal.

Christie will have to survive a tough re-election bid in two years first, though. How he continues to handle the clean-up after Sandy may help him or hurt him.

The GOP lost its 2012 Presidential bid so they are the first to make plans. And don't forget freshman Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida or possibly two-term former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

On the Democratic side, the obvious possible choices are Vice President Joe Biden and soon-to-be-former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who keeps saying she's not running in 2016.

How about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is up for re-election in 2014? There's also term-limited Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the current chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

Other governors who might be considering runs are Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and outgoing Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

But please, can we just ring in the New Year first before we have to start thinking about the next President?  


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