With the National Governor's Association holding its annual meeting in Washington this weekend, the Sunday shows were stocked with state executives, some of whom were clearly auditoning for a part in all the drama leading up to 2016.
The most conspicuous was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who appeared on "Meet the Press" alongside Massachusetts' Democratic governor Deval Patrick.
Two years ago, New York's Republican-controlled State Senate tried to change the way presidential elections work.
Tired of seeing New York ignored by the presidential candidates, and tired of seeing their voices drowned out by a growing Democratic majority, Republicans joined with Democrats to pass a bill that would bind the states electors to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote.(2)
It's not exactly news at this point when Hillary Clinton dominates an early 2016 poll, even when she's posting an eye-popping 80 percent net favorability rating, like she did among Democrats in a University of New Hampshire poll released yesterday.
Clinton's ability to clear-cut the field is well-establish, at least for the moment, and the real jockeying is among those hoping she won't run.
On "Morning Joe" today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said President Obama needs to be more like Andrew Cuomo in his second term.
"They just need to tinker with the balance, like Andrew Cuomo, and get those carrots and sticks, and pulling the levers thing right," she said.
"[W]hen Governor O’Malley asked me to support Question 6, I didn’t hesitate," Bloomberg wrote in a letter featured on the website of the main same-sex marriage advocacy group in Maryland.
Here's a page from the Marylanders for Marriage Equality web site, urging supporters to help make Maryland "the first state ever to pass marriage equality."
After Mitt Romney's convincing debate performance on Wednesday night, Democrats went out of their way on Sunday morning to cast it as a disingenuous, Oscar-worthy act.
"I'm not going to take away from Mitt's masterful theatrical performance," said Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser to President Obama's re-election campaign, putting a flourish on the campaign's main talking point across the Sunday shows. "He did a superb acting job. You know, he did everything but learn tap dance."
Dozens of the celebrities, big-money donors and political operatives who teamed up on the successful push for a gay-marriage bill in New York assembled for cocktails on Thursday night at Jimmy, the lush rooftop bar of the James Hotel in Soho, where they listened carefully to a governor whose name is not Andrew Cuomo.
On the second Sunday since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, Obama surrogates answered questions about Joe Biden's remark to a mostly black crowd in Virginia that "they're going to put y'all back in chains," turning the subject back to Ryan's health care plan and, in one case, to Sarah Palin.
According to Public Policy Polling figures on the preferences of Iowa Democrats for president in 2016, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Vice President Joe Biden 60-18, "with no one else even approaching 5 percent."
Democrats executed a coordinated assault on Mitt Romney's personal finances on Sunday morning.
Across the morning political shows, surrogates for President Obama renewed their attack on Romney's offshore investments, after a Vanity Fair article this week delved into the details of Romney's finances, which was followed by an Associated Press story that detailed a previously undisclosed Bermuda company controlled by Romney.
On Sunday morning, with President Obama mired in one of the worst weeks of his re-election campaign, two Republican governors cautioned Mitt Romney against trying to run his campaign as a referendum on the president.(1)
Appearing on "Meet the Press" this Sunday opposite Newt Gingrich, Martin O'Malley seemed to solidify his status as Barack Obama's chief defender among the country's Democratic governors.(1)
Cuomo's distance from Obama is underscored by the relatively robust relationship the president has with his successor in the New York State attorney general's office.
Dozens of the nation's governors are at the White House today for a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden, part of the last day of the National Governors Association's winter conference.
Governor Andrew Cuomo will not be among them. Instead, he's in Albany, addressing the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.