With Senator Warren announcing an exploratory committee for a potential presidential run, it occurs to me that the season is almost upon us. While it's too early for bets, I don't think Warren will be as popular as she thinks. Besides, Hillary could run again! The other rumblings from the democrat side are aligned with a fantasy ticket of Beto/Sanders but there's another one for Biden/Warren. Good to see democrats so motivated early in the game. Reacting late has screwed Gore, the Clintons and George HW Bush (people expected GW to be slow, Reagan too). Another aspect of this I find interesting is that the republicans are holding their convention in Charlotte, in August. The "Queen City" is a known southern powder keg. It makes me wonder which republican even suggested it. Seems like they'd opt for a "friendly" location (aka, expensive). Democrats still haven't made up their minds, but they're looking at Milwaukee, Denver, Houston and Miami. The only safe bet I see is Denver with Houston in a close second. Miami? No way. Even democrats want to feel safe around their constituents, look where Congressperson Waters lives. I don't think Senator Ocasio-Cortez is a "wise Latina" version of Obama, but then Obama only had 140 or so days in the senate before announcing his bid. It could happen, she has more time than Obama to be coached into the top seat. Finally, the GOP. I think it's more than obvious Trump could simply buy his way to a second term. But he's not really a republican and everybody in the party knows it. So he may earn a historical tick mark for being an incumbent president who is challenged by his own party. The current republican bull pen doesn't have any serious contenders south of Pence. I'm optimistic an organized group of republicans are considering how they would even prop a challenger up after the waxing Trump gave to the republicans grown up AND kid's tables. He even had the gall to go after the saintly doctor Carson. Since republicans are electing "reality" stars, I wonder if Vanilla Ice or Ron Jeremy would be willing to swing for a cause.