Enthusiasm. Anxiety. Dread. Resignation. Elation. Relief. However you've been feeling about the launch of Hillary Clinton's campaign, the wait is almost over. All indications point to a launch on Sunday. With several Republicans already in the race or about to declare, the announcement will mark the real kickoff to a race that already feels like it's in full gear.
Despite the long ramp-up, and even though she's been expected to run almost since bowing out of the 2008 nomination battle against Barack Obama, there's a lot we don't know about Hillary Clinton's campaign. Here are a few ways to think about her candidacy over the coming days and weeks.
1. Might as well start with the basics: When is she announcing? Details are still sparse, but everything suggests that the announcement will come on Sunday via a tweet and a video posted while the candidate is en route to Iowa to start the dirty work of campaigning. She reportedly wanted to avoid the spectacle of a huge rally to kick off the campaign—her staff wants to avoid the impression that she's aloof, disconnected from voters, unrelatable. Beneath all that is concern about the impression of inevitability. The Clintonistas are happy for her to be inevitable, but seeming so—that's taboo. Her announcement will likely be followed by a series of small events where she'll try to show her connection with ordinary voters. That allows a contrast from, say, Ted Cruz's huge speech at Liberty University or Rand Paul's lengthy festival of declaration in Louisville.