As "The Hill" reminds us today, there are just 200 days left until the general election in November. On the one hand, that's an eternity. In political terms, countless things could happen that could effect the campaign and the candidates' standing with the voters. On the other hand, 200 days are like a mere blink of the eye. I guarantee that President Obama and Governor Romney think 200 days are nothing. They both have a mere six months to make their cases to the American people.
Timing of presidential campaigns follows a usual pattern. Many Americans don't focus on the election until the party conventions occur at the end of the summer and once Labor Day is past. It's at that point that they begin to watch the presidential debates and start to notice the polling. In many ways, presidential elections are fought in the final two months. But national campaigns need national strategies, precise and constant communications, and big money. Developing those things takes time. More than two months' worth...which is why Obama has been going all political guns blazing since last year (some might argue he never stopped campaigning) and why Romney is now full-tilt into general election mode.
200 days is both an eternity...and a nanosecond. We've now officially entered the political Twilight Zone.