A Race Without Runners

by Patrick Appel

Frum partially blames Fox News for the delayed 2012 campaign:

Once a candidate declares, they will be obliged to resign their jobs as media commenters. Media Matters calculates the value of airtime devoted to Fox commenters Huckabee, Palin, Gingrich, and also John Bolton and Rick Santorum at $55 million. 

That does not include the value of whatever fees are paid those commenters. A lot has been said about the role of Fox in 2012. One effect could be unexpectedly perverse: a late start.

Pareene imagines a May 2nd debate devoid of candidates.