To an observer from the United Kingdom's most successful franchise, Britain's just-concluded election to determine its prime minister seemed awfully … quick. Parliament was dissolved on March 30 (a.k.a. 30 March, lol.). Candidates filed in early April; the election was May 7. The new Parliament is seated two Mondays from now.

By comparison, the first major American presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), announced on March 23. The first voting is still more than eight months away. The entire British election process takes less time than the period between our general election and the inauguration.

Put another way:

Put yet another way: Everyone marveled at the election of 20-year-old Mhairi Black to the Parliament from Scotland. By the time we have a new American president, Black will have spent 8 percent of her life -- about one out of every 12 days -- as an elected official.