We understand that Tom Vilsack, who is not well-known outside of Iowa, feels the need to get into the 2008 presidential race early.
Still, we hope that the national media can refrain from getting too engrossed this early in coverage of an election that is two years away.
This hope is probably in vain. Coverage of the next presidential election has started, to some degree had already started right after the last presidential election. This coverage will get into high gear much too soon.
We've just endured a rather contentious mid-term election and we deserve at least a little breather.