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August 28, 2014

Justifying 2016 Speculation

Matt Yglesias stands up for the media’s early 2016 presidential primary speculation, arguing that “to understand politics and public policy in 2013 or 2014, you have to understand the 2016 race.”

“As party professionals are already working on the Clinton campaign, it’s by no means ‘too early’ to think that things prominent Democrats say or do are influenced in part by their thinking about 2016… You saw in the failure of the Larry Summers for Fed trial balloon that there are meaningful gaps between Democratic Party legislators around these issues, and the nomination context will start to feed into those substantive disagreements and vice versa.”

“Conversely, on the Republican side now that Chris Christie has triumphed in his re-election campaign, the 2016 nominating campaign is a key factor in substantive policymaking in the state of New Jersey. The same is probably true of Texas, Wisconsin, and any other states whose governors are eying a run.”

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