At 6:52 a.m. today, President Barack Obama sent an e-mail to supporters announcing that he would run for re-election in 2012. Call it a soft roll-out.
A New York Times profile of Jim Messina, his former deputy chief of staff and now his Chicago-based campaign manager, included these paragraphs:
The headquarters space is bare. For now, there are no Obama signs or posters, only a paper bag filled with office supplies and a stack of maps from the American Automobile Association, which provide an early clue to the state-by-state battlegrounds.
“It’s too early to look at that stuff,” Mr. Messina said, taking a seat in an empty cubicle. “If you look at the new census numbers, you would think that Georgia would be in play. You would definitely think that Arizona would be in play — as I think it is. Those are states where we didn’t play in last time.”
We speak of former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich’s efforts in Georgia to become the state’s favorite-son candidate.