Headline of the Day: Election 2016 Edition

Who will be the Democratic nominee in 2016? Shut up, that's who.

From the department of You’ve Got to Be Effing Kidding Me:”The 2016 Election, Already Upon Us.”

DISTANT as it may now seem, with the Republican race dominating the news and President Obama sitting in the White House, the Democrats are not all that far from the tumult of another nominating contest themselves.

No matter what happens on Election Day in November, when Mr. Obama wakes up the next morning, he will no longer be the future of his party. If he loses, attention will immediately turn to which Democrat might be able to pick up the pieces from the deep disappointment of his one term. If he wins, the party will begin turning to who might be able to accomplish the difficult task of winning a third straight term for one party. Already, the jockeying for 2016 has begun.

Let’s stipulate that David Leonhardt is technically right here. Nonetheless, can I get a “Shut the hell up, David Leonhardt”?

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  1. I’m betting that before the end of 2012 we will see articles discussing whether Andrew Cuomo will get in the race, and when. (A clue if he marries his long time girlfriend, he’s running for President) And, of course, there’s the inevitable Hillary question.

    But I agree, there should be a moratorium of some kind.

  2. Hey Norm says:

    Dude…Cuomo and the Semi-Homemade Lady…a shoe-in for the White House.

  3. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Cuomo would be tough to beat. Then again, if Palin in 2016 were to wind up the GOP’s nominee the Democrats could run a potted plant and still prevail.

  4. Budgie93 says:

    I think Rahm Emanuel is a likely candidate for 2012. Congressional experience, worked as Chief of Staff and now mayor of the third largest city in the states. Plus, a staunch liberal and loyal Democrat, in other words a prime contender. Especially if Obama wins in 2012, maybe less prevalent if Romney wins.

  5. Just nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    All of you guys, STOP IT! Right now! Shut the f— up!

    Was that good enough, James?

  6. michael reynolds says:

    Let’s go kick his ass.

  7. David M says:

    My reaction to any “2016” talk? Just kill me now.

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Shut the hell up, David Leonhardt. You ask, I deliver.

  9. John Burgess says:

    Shut the hell up, indeed!

    I’m starting to think and write about 2020 and don’t need the distraction…

  10. Well, the vibe for this week has been “it’s over.” No need to talk about 2012 anymore. Obama can walk to the finish. 😉

    So of course the commentary must move on.