August 10, 2015. It hadn’t taken much effort to get people to start talking up the possibility of Michelle Obama joining the race. Reporters loved the idea. Front-runner Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed “all competition,” but her supporters sneered at the idea, derided Michelle for being “only a glorified housewife,” and threatened to retaliate against anyone who backed her. No one bothered to even notice Vice President Joe Biden, who was below three percent in the polls.

September 2, 2015. Truth be told, President Obama originally wasn’t thrilled with the idea of Michelle running. But every new Clinton jibe reduced his resistance. Now he gave an interview to the Washington Post in which he said he could think of no one more qualified. Hillary Clinton had been a good secretary of state he said, competent at carrying out his instructions. In contrast, Michelle was ready to issue instructions to the next secretary of state. And, of course, she’d never suffered from the sort of embarrassing ethical lapses natural for politicians from poor rural southern states, not that Hillary really was to blame.

September 16, 2015. Mitt Romney’s shocking entry into the GOP race transfixed Washington. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee were dividing and subdividing the vote of Republicans who believed in something. Jeb Bush carried the hopes of the establishment, but virtually no one in “flyover country” wanted another Bush as president. The Dubya debacle was still too fresh. The mad rush to Romney was shameless even by Washington standards. The day was not yet over and Bush had lost his campaign manager, top consultant, lead pollster, spokesman, and social media director, as well as most of his big contributors.