Democrats are great at electing presidents in March when the election is held in November. Dukakis, Gore and Kerry were all locks in their races — until the fall campaign actually began. In this cycle, Democrats prepared for November, but the November they picked is 2007, not 2008.A certain amount of campaign fatigue is hitting the voting public. Unless you are an ardent supporter of one candidate or another, most Americans are already tired of the campaign and the voting has even started.
The campaign began too early as Hillary Clinton concluded that she could not allow Barack Obama to build momentum early. Her official entry triggered everyone (except Fred Thompson) to go from the feel-good exploratory mode to actually campaigning. Debates are being held already, and not in a substantive Lincoln-Douglass way.
One benefit of the early primary overload is that we will, hopefully, have a break for a couple of months, but then again--that probably won't happen either.