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Michele Bachmann
New year brings in the 2-year presidential campaign
New year brings in the 2-year presidential campaign

There seems to be only one year that is not an election year, and that is the first year of a new president's first term. Note to future presidents: Get your governing done in those initial 12 months; after that, it's all politics, all the time. The second year of a term, the opposition party is gearing up for congressional elections. The third year, the next presidential campaign swings into gear with candidates jockeying for money and attention and lining up for the first slate of pre-primary debates. Year four, it's months of primaries, two conventions, three major debates and the main event, the fall campaign. If a president is lucky enough to win a second term,...