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Writing about 2016 and Writing about How It’s Too Early to Write about 2016: A History

Today, the Daily Beast published an article titled, “It’s 1,000 Days Too Early to Talk Hillary vs. Christie for President." As noble as the sentiment might be, it's a bit late, since the media has been offering thoughts about 2016 since at least 1996. However, the Beast piece is part of a grand tradition of campaign writing that is perhaps even more robust than making predictions about 2016 -- debating whether it is too early to write about the 2016 presidential election. Below, you can browse through an excerpt of the unabridged anthology of pre-invisible campaign articles writing about 2016 -- and writing about writing about the 2016 election -- which we assume will be published in early 2015.

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October 27, 1996: “It's 2016, and even though Election Day is several weeks away, voters can be sure of one thing: the next President of the United States will be a woman, maybe even a woman who used to be Governor of New Jersey.”

May 29, 2006: “But Republican Party leaders continue to talk seriously about a continuation of the dynasty, a Bush III administration, with Jeb as a candidate in 2012 or 2016, when the memory of the current president's dismal poll ratings will be less of a factor. That, at least, is what happened the last time around: President George Bush's unpopularity at the end of his term in 1992 did not hurt his eldest son when he ran for president eight years later.”

November 2, 2008: “For the friends and allies already thinking about Mrs. Clinton’s political future, the possibility of a victory by Senator John McCain on Tuesday would upend an array of assumptions, not least of which that Mrs. Clinton — if she were to run again — would not do so until 2016, when she would be turning 69.”

July 22, 2009: “Hillary Clinton on Wednesday did not rule out a 2016 presidential run.”

May 24, 2010: “Will Brad Pitt run for president in 2016?”

November 08, 2010: “Chris Christie May Grudgingly Run for President in 2016”

October 3, 2011: “Can We Just Skip Ahead to 2016 Already?”

October 24, 2011: “Vice President Joe Biden left open the possibility of running for president in 2016, saying he would decide at a later point.”

March 13, 2012: “Enough about the 2012 election already. Let’s talk 2016, which promises to be far more interesting — and consequential.”

April 26, 2012: “Andrew Cuomo Says 2016 Presidential Speculation is ‘Fascinating,’ and He’s Right”

August 31, 2012: “While reluctant to consider a potential defeat at a time when many in the party are increasingly bullish about Mr. Romney's chances, delegates and party elders all had favorite 2016 contenders should Mr. Romney lose.”

September 16, 2012: “The 2016 Presidential Campaign Has Already Begun”

November 3, 2012: If Obama Wins, 2016 Talk Starts Soon For Both Parties

November 8, 2012: “’Too Soon to Be Talking About 2016,’ Libertarian Gary Johnson Says”

November 8, 2012: With Just Four Years to Go, Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Leading 2016 Iowa Caucuses

November 22, 2012: “Jeb Bush in 2016? Not Too Early for Chatter”

March 13, 2013: “Is It Too Early for 2016 Polls?”

March 16, 2013: “Too early? Republicans audition for 2016 election”

April 2, 2013:  “There are some good things about starting the 2016 presidential race early.”


May 2, 2013: “Enough With the 2016 Talk”

May 13, 2013: “Go away, 2016 presidential obsession!”

July 31, 2013: “6 Signs You're Running for President in 2016”

August 5, 2013: “King's path to relevance in the 2016 presidential contest is unclear. For now, he says he's serving as his own manager of a campaign he hasn't yet formally launched. He has yet to conduct his own polling, expand his staff or court new donors, steps serious contenders typically take even at this early stage. And he hasn't scheduled trips to other early voting states aside from New Hampshire.”

August 8, 2013: “It’s Never Too Early to Talk 2016”

August 8, 2013: “Never Too Early to Get Ahead for 2016”

August 14, 2013: “It's Too Early to Know About 2016”

August 21, 2013: “It's never too early for 2016 candidates to start spinning their narratives”

August 25, 2013: “Too early to talk about the 2016 presidential election? Some readers think so”

October 22, 2013: “It’s Never Too Early – Election 2016: 1,111 Days and Counting…”

October 25, 2013: Is It Ever Too Early To Launch A 2016 Presidential Bid?

November 5, 2013: “It's Never Too Early: 2016 GOP Presidential Frontrunners”

November 5, 2013: “Way Too Early for 2016 Hype, But…”

November 12, 2013: “In Defense of 2016 Speculation”

November 14, 2013: The Way Too Early, Way Too Simple, Way Too Short Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election

November 16, 2013: “2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter”

November 23, 2013: “A 2014 Primer: How to Talk Politely about 2016”

(From the ‘it’s not just presidential elections department) November 30, 2013: Early start to 2016 election for Jefferson County sheriff

December 3, 2013: “Bill Clinton said he didn’t know yet if his wife will run for president in 2016, and it’s too darn early for that race to start.”

December 24, 2013: “With election still three years away, today's predictions hardly matter”

January 23, 2014: “It’s 1,000 Days Too Early to Talk Hillary vs. Christie for President”

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.

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