It’s been nearly four months since the day after the 2010 midterm elections — otherwise known as the unofficial start of the 2012 presidential campaign — but still, not one Republican candidate.
Sure, there are “hopefuls” and “those who are considering making a bid.” There are people with PACs, and some have hired a few staff members. But with the click ticking toward the first Republican presidential debate in 66 days, there seems to be a reluctance among potential candidates to make it official.
By this time four years ago, Senator John McCain of Arizona had already begun opening campaign offices around the country, had multiple consultants on retainer and was just days away from the official, glitzy relaunch of the Straight Talk Express.
(Of course, all that spending eventually doomed version 1.0 of his campaign; it wasn’t until he ditched all of that and headed to New Hampshire that the campaign took off again.)