Another March madness

Published 2:46 am Saturday, February 27, 2016

We’re just a few days away from the start of March, which means that it’s almost time for “March Madness” as the NCAA college basketball tournament gets underway. But since this is an election year, there’s another “March Madness” that might be even more noteworthy.

I’m referring, of course, to the presidential primary season. By next Saturday, it’s possible that candidates will have amassed enough delegates that the presidential nominations are a foregone conclusion. On Tuesday, March 1, which has been dubbed “Super Tuesday,” there are 13 states that have a primary or caucus. And after Saturday, March 5, when Louisiana holds its primary, 21 states will have voted.

This is already one of the more bizarre political campaign seasons I’ve seen. Just years ago, it seemed a near certainty that 2016 would be a rematch of 1992 — a Clinton (Hillary today, Bill then) against a Bush (Jeb today, George H.W. then).

And yet, Jeb Bush has dropped out of the race, and Hillary is getting a surprising challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. It’s probably still her race to lose, but I don’t think anyone thought Sanders would be this much of a threat.

Of course, on the Republican side, you’ve got a frontrunner in Donald Trump that much of the establishment finds unpalatable. And yet, he just keeps winning. At this point, I’d be shocked if anyone else won the GOP nomination. But it’s politics, and there’s still an eternity until November.

We’ll probably know a lot more in a few weeks. Until then, get ready for March madness.