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Witcover: The seemingly endless campaign

Witcover: The seemingly endless campaign

The epidemic of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates that has already broken out, not to mention at least one Republican challenge to President Trump, assures a marathon slow dance to next year's national party conventions.

By the time the Democratic National Committee holds its first presidential candidate debate this June, the would-be leaders of the country will have slogged their way through a feast, or a plague, of televised tests of talent and political proposals served up on the networks and especially on cable.

Almost nightly, one or another of them will be conducting a "presidential town hall" in which celebrity hosts or hostesses will preside for an hour...