The media’s hot candidate of the moment, hands down, is Mayor Pete.
He succeeds, at least for a few news cycles, the media’s previous darling, Beto.
And you just know that, if she were 35 instead of 29, the media would be leading the AOC-for-prez boomlet.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is most assuredly not hot, in media terms, thanks to the unwanted touching and kissing, although he will be the nominal front-runner on the day he gets in.
Which leads me to a somewhat serious question: How will news outlets go about winnowing the Democratic field?
After all, 18 declared candidates — oops, 19, with Rep. Tim Ryan getting in yesterday — is absurdly unwieldy. The practical reality is that, at any given time, the press will treat no more than half a dozen as plausible nominees. There is only so much air time, only so much front-page real estate. As of now, each network debate is going to take two nights.
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