(POLITICO) — For conservatives, the dawn of a presidential cycle is always the best time of the political season. It’s that glorious springtime when every Republican candidate promises to be the next Ronald Reagan. Of course, over time they slowly dissolve into Gerald Ford.
It’s also the time of year when the dons of the Washington establishment tell the rest of us who the conservative grassroots will select next year to lose politely to the Democrats. It’s always fascinating how many people in DC believe they can project how conservatives across America will vote without ever really talking to them.
The only Republicans DC elites know are the ones they bump into at Talbott’s or who drive their BMW X-3s to parents’ night at St. Albans—not people who go to church instead of watching “Meet the Press” or who’d trudge through snow to vote in a caucus in Iowa. Nonetheless Washingtonians are so certain about next year’s outcome that they’re already angling to become pals with the people most likely to be in charge of invitations to events at the Clinton White House.
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